Jute makes for a classic textile as well as having defined health benefits. Full frontal picture.
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Jute which has the scientific name of Corchorus olitorius L. (Co) and is a member of the Malvaceae family. It is a leafy vegetable. The plant is commercially grown in Africa and the Middle East, especially in Egypt, where it is known as Molokhia (Ilhan et al., 2007).

The leaves are popular in a variety of Far Eastern and Middle Eastern cuisine. They contribute lots of mucilage (Loumerem & Alercia, 2016).

Extracts from the leaves have a high phenolic content with associated potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (Handoussa et al., 2013).


Handoussa, H.Hanafi, R.Eddiasty, I.El‐Gendy, M.El Khatib, A.Linscheid, M., … Ayoub, N. (2013). Anti‐inflammatory and cytotoxic activities of dietary phenolics isolated from Corchorus olitorius and Vitis viniferaJournal of Functional Foods, 5(3), pp. 12041216https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jff.2013.04.003

Ilhan, S.Savaroğlu, F., & Çolak, F. (2007). Antibacterial and antifungal activity of Corchorus olitorius L. (Molokhia) extractsInternational Journal of Natural & Engineering Sciences1(3), pp. 59–61

Loumerem, M., & Alercia, A. (2016). Descriptors for jute (Corchorus olitoriusL.)Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 63(7), pp. 11031111https://doi.org/10.1007/s10722-016-0415-y  .

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