Evaluation of Pumpkin Varieties Grown In the Lake Victoria Basin and Determination of Micronutrients in Their Leaves (Review Completed - Accepted)
Malnutrition continues to be a challenge to the already food insecure populations in developing countries. Utilization of indigenous crops or vegetables is one of the solutions. They are not only available and acceptable but are also rich nutritionally. This study focused on one such ignored crop within the Lake Victoria basin, the pumpkin. The study was to establish the pumpkin species, varieties and evaluate levels of micronutrients in their leaves. Three species of pumpkins C. maxima, C. moschata, C. pepo and a gourd Lageneria siceraria in ten different varieties are grown within the region. HPLC and AAS analysis of the leaves for micronutrients showed that the levels of B- complex, vitamin C and iron differed significantly (p<0.05). The banana variety leaves were superior as compared to others in most of the micronutrients analyzed.