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Process of Acid Collection from Chickpea (Gram)

P. Godha Hiranmayee
P. Godha Hiranmayee

Do you know that Chickpea produce acids which have medicinal properties?  Here are the details & collection procedure. Chick Pea, also known as Gram or Chanais a pulse crop. An acid liquid from granular hairs of leaves & pods contains two acids. They are i) Malic Acid (90-96%) & ii) Oxalic Acid (4-10%) which are used in the preparation of drugs & are prescribed for the intestinal dis-orders & blood purification. 

Collection of Acids from Chickpea Crop: 

  • The leaves & pods of Bengal gram on the growing crop are coated with thin film of Malic acid (90-96%) & Oxalic acid (4-10%)

  • They are encrusted on leaves & pods, dissolved on dew & settles on plants during winter season due to this the plants give sour taste.

  • These acids are considered to have some medicinal properties & they may be collected & stored.

Procedure of collection:  

  • For collection of acids a thin clean piece of cloth like Muslin cloth is spread over the crop during night.

  • Acids are soaked in cloth that are dissolved in dew during night.

  • Now the cloth has been absorbed this acids & the cloth is squeezed & thus acids are obtained.

  • This process is to be repeated until all acids are collected.

  • After the collection is over, allow the concentrate solution in sun to evaporate & thus crystallization takes place.

  • This crystallized acid is similar to the taste of vinegar. Which is used for curing of indigestion & stomach complaints.

  • About 4-4 ½ kg of acids may be obtained from 1 ha of crop.

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