Nutritional Value of Six Plantain Cultivars (Musa ssp) Grown in the Kindu Region, Maniema Province, DR Congo

  • K. H Tambwe
  • E. S Solia
  • L. A Okungo
Keywords: nutritional value, cultivar, plantain, Kindu


In order to determine the nutritional value of the six most popular plantain cultivars (Musa spp) collected in four areas of Maniema province, a study was carried out in which chemical analyses were carried out on their crude protein, crude ash, calcium, magnesium and iron compositions, as well as their moisture content. To do this, the prepared samples were taken to the laboratory of the Institut Facultaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Yangambi in Kisangani for assays of the elements selected, following the usual procedures. The results of these analyses showed that the six plantain cultivars tested differed numerically and statistically in nutrient content. It was noted that:

  • Calcium ranged from 0.17 to 0.32%, with an average of 0.24%;
  • Magnesium ranged from 0.42 to 0.82%, with an average of 0.56%;
  • Iron showed a range of 0.05 to 0.10%, with the mean value equal to 0.07%;
  • Crude protein ranged from 1.64 to 2.23%, with an average of 1.93%;
  • Crude ash ranged from 1.3 to 3.2%, with an average of 2.1% for all the plantain samples studied.

All these results show that our cultivars are different from a nutritional point of view and that they are interesting from a nutritional composition point of view and statistically different.


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Tambwe, K. H., Solia, E. S., & Okungo, L. A. (2024). Nutritional Value of Six Plantain Cultivars (Musa ssp) Grown in the Kindu Region, Maniema Province, DR Congo. European Journal of Science, Innovation and Technology, 4(3), 291-298. Retrieved from