Determination of Condensed Tannins and Protein Digestibility and their Relationship to Seed Color in Cowpea Varieties on Zambian Market

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John Shindano; Himoonga Bernard Moonga; Chitundu Kasase; Chima Tamara; Munyinda Kalaluka

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Kigali, Rwanda


A poster presented at the 2012 Global Pulse Researchers Meeting, Kigali, Rwanda- “Transforming Grain-Legume Systems to Enhance Nutrition and Livelihoods”. Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the condensed tannin Content and protein digestibility of local Zambian cowpea varieties in order to identify superior varieties that may be promoted for health benefits. Dried cowpeas were purchased from the main market of Lusaka city of Zambia. Nine (9) cowpea varieties (3 released and 6 landrace varieties) were identified by sorting based on seed coat color. Moisture, condensed tannin and protein digestibility Contents were determined. There was no significant difference (p=0.479) in moisture Content with a mean moisture Content of 8.0

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