Nutraceutical and antioxidant potential of selected wild edible plants from the cold-arid desert of Ladakh, India


  • Zohra BATOOL Plant Sciences and Agrotechnology Division, CSIR Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Canal Road, Jammu 180001, Jammu and Kashmir; Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Ghaziabad 201002 (IN)
  • Javaid F. LONE Plant Sciences and Agrotechnology Division, CSIR Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Canal Road, Jammu 180001, Jammu and Kashmir; Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Ghaziabad 201002 (IN)
  • Kanwaljeet SINGH Department of Education in Science and Mathematics, Regional Institute of Education, Mysuru, 570006, National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi (IN)
  • Sumeet GAIROLA Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Ghaziabad 201002; Department of Botany and Microbiology, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar, Garhwal 246174, Uttarakhand (IN)



antioxidants, carbohydrate, Ladakh, protein, vitamin C, wild edible plants


Ladakh’s wild edible plant species (WEPs) provide a vital source of food, nutrition, and medicine to the region’s indigenous populations. However, WEPs’ nutritional and antioxidant properties are missing in the region. The current study examined the nutritional values, total phenolic, total flavonoid, and antioxidant capabilities of 11 WEPs from the cold-arid region of Ladakh, India. Lactucata tatarica had the greatest carbohydrate content (36.48 ± 0.15 mg g-1Dw) among 11 wild edible plant species.  Malva verticillata had a greater glucose concentration (292.74 ± 0.01 ng g-1Dw), and Urtica hyperborea had higher protein and vitamin C levels (38.07 ± 2.44 and 49.95 ± 1.18 mg g-1Dw, respectively). The plant samples collected were also shown to have high total phenolic, flavonoid, and antioxidant capabilities. Our findings revealed that these species should be promoted as a natural source of nutraceuticals, with the potential to supplement the diets of locals. To boost food availability in a location noted for its intense weather conditions and short vegetative period, an agroforestry system that promotes sustainable use and increases the output of these species is critical.


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How to Cite

BATOOL, Z., LONE, J. F., SINGH, K., & GAIROLA, S. (2024). Nutraceutical and antioxidant potential of selected wild edible plants from the cold-arid desert of Ladakh, India. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 52(1), 13286.



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DOI: 10.15835/nbha52113286