Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2018)
Five commonly consumed fruit samples Carrot, Coconut, Garden egg, Pineapple and Sweet Orange were purchased from Oboroke main market located in Ihima Metropolis of Okehi local government area of Kogi State and analyzed for proximate composition at National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT) Zaria, Nigeria. The results indicated that Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis L. Osb) has the highest moisture content (84.0 ± 0.05%) among the tested fruits and Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) has the least moisture content (37.0 ± 0.02). The analysis also shows that Garden egg has the highest Crude protein (24.1± 0.15%) and this was followed by Carrot (Daucus carota L.) 13.0± 0.07% and Pineapple (Ananas comosus L.Merrill) has the lowest Crude protein (1.0± 3.40%). Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) has the highest percentage of Crude fibre (12.0± 0.05%) with eggplant (Solanum melongena) having the lowest content (1.0± 0.11%). Coconut (23± 0.53%) and Carrot (5.76 ± 0.12%) has the highest Crude fat and ash respectfully. As enhancement and a guard against spoilage of products, provision of storage facility and soft loan to horticultural farmers were recommended among others.
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