Neptunia prostrata (lamk.) Baillon: A Socio-Economically Potential Health Diet for Rural Communities of Tripura
Present study deals with the nutritional value of an aquatic legume, Neptunia prostrata (Lamk.) Baillon, commonly used as shoot vegetable in this part of North East India. Young shoots are used as vegetable in different forms of recipes of tribal and rural communities. The utility of the vegetable as good source of protein and total amino acids with low level of phenolics and sugar clearly indicated its significance as useful health diet and alternative food supplement to the common people. Market economy of the vegetable also highlights its resource potential.