Author : Anand, A.
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 7, Pages 4063-4072
Most of traditional crops have often been used for centuries, but have become increasingly neglected in times as more productive and profitable crops replaced them in farming systems. Almost about half of the humanity’s need regarding calories and proteins is met by three crops, wheat, maize, and rice, but there is an urgent need to promote crop diversification to avoid the vulnerable situations in future.. Under-utilized crops are often rich in nutrients when compared to more popular staple crops. They often contain high levels of protein, vitamins, phytochemicals and they can have a good macronutrient profile of fat, protein and carbohydrates. With regard to health superiority, national under-utilized crops for example pulses can be included as a promising food group. Thence, developing varietalhuman dietary sources e.g., amaranth, buckwheat, ricebean, adzuki bean, chenopodium and many more can play a important role to ensure nutritional security.