Balkan Journal of Clinical Laboratory, vol.26, no.18, pp.86, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
In this study, the usage and nutrient contents of wild plants consumed as food by people in and around Van, eastern Anatolia, Turkey were investigated. It is found that in this region there are wild plants belonging to 10 families which consist of 19 taxa such as Urtica dioica L., Eremurus spectabilis BİEB., Nasturtium officinale R.Br., Tragopogon reticulatus Boiss. & Huet, Rumex tuberosus L. subsp. horizontalis KOCH RECH., Allium akaka S.G.Gmel. ex Schult. & Schult.f, Chaerophyllum macropodum Boiss, Thymus fallax Fisch. & C.A.Mey, Malva neglecta Wallr., Allium shatakiense Rech. f., Ornithogalum oligophyllum E. D. CLARKE, Ferula rigidula Fisch. ex DC., Heracleum persicum Desf, Gundelia tournefortii L., Rheum ribes L., Prangos ferulacea (L.) Lindl, Mentha longifolia (L.) HUDSON subsp. longifolia (L) HUDSON, Plantago major L. subsp. intermedia (Gilib.) Lange, Eryngium billardieri F. Delaroche. In the study, the wild plants were analyzed for their macro- and microelement concentrations (N, P, K, Mg, Ca, Fe, Zn and Mn). Additionally, some food quality aspects (dry matter, moisture contents, total ash contents and protein contents) were also evaluated in the plant samples. It can be concluded that analyzed wild plants had great diversity of mineral compositions and other food quality properties and had a richer content than some leaf consumed culture species.