Author(s): Ghislaine Chépo Dan *, Kouadio Yao , Aline Gonou Topka
Byttneria catalpifolia is one of the most widely consumed wild species, especially those in the mountainous western part of Côte d’Ivoire. The aim of this study was to assess the nutritive potential of dried bark powder from the “white variety” of Byttneria catalpifolia in order to provide consumers with the best way of using the plant that would benefit them. Proximate analysis, minerals and amino acid contents were determined respectively in accordance with the standard methods, the HPLC and SEM. The bark powder presented good percentage of a crude fiber (54.50 % d.m.) and vitamin B9 (254.10 mg/100g dm. It is rich in minerals Ca (3856.22 mg/100 g dm); K (1251.05 mg/100 g dm) and Iodine (I) (129.62 mg/100 g dm). This white bark has a remarkable proline (11.51 mg/100 g dm) and tartaric acid (35.21 mg/100 g dm) Thus, the consumption of the bark powder would be more advantageous because it could contribute more to the nutritional requirements of consumers.