Spices provide our food with nutraceutical value rather than actual nutrition. But apart from the popular and major spices, there are several other spices, which, in spite of their enormous contribution to human health, remain underexploited or underutilized. This new volume, Underexploited Spice Crops: Present Status, Agrotechnology, and Future Research Directions, is a valuable compilation of agrotechniques coupled with background information, research works, and scientific discussions on these spices. It will include in-depth narration on underexploited spice crops as products in influencing present-day the global export market and the renewed interest in these crops throughout the world.
The volume deals with the scientific approach of growing underexploited spices with the intention of popularizing them. Separate chapters on the importance of each spice, methods of growing and harvesting, and recent research from around the world along with future strategies are covered.
Table of Contents
Foreword by M. S. Swaminathan
Chapter 1. Underexploited Spice Crops: Introduction, Significance, and Uses
Chapter 2. Underexploited Spice Crops: Scenario and Present Status
Chapter 3. Underexploited Spice Crops: Agrotechniques
- Large cardamom
Chapter 4. Recent Approaches on Improved Production Technology of Underexploited Spices Around the World
Chapter 5: Underexploited Spice Crops: Future Thrust Areas and Research Directions
"This book deals with botanical, cultural, and technological aspects of 24 underutilized or poorly noticed, nondescript spice crops that could be a boon to spice-related research and application. This is more so since we have to combat and mitigate the brunt of climate changes. The inquisitive scholastic minds from across the disciplines along with faculties and professionals will be well drenched by this pool of knowledge and information and mettle and innovation of this previously neglected area of research and intervention."
—From the Foreword by M. S. Swaminathan
President, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; Former Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research;
Former Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture;
Former Director General, International Rice Research Institute