Plantain is among the most cultivated crops in the world agriculture. It is ranked fourth in the world list of the most cultivated plants. What about plantaing flour production? Read to know more details about plantain flour production in Nigeria and find out good ideas for this kind of businesss.
Today, the production of plantain flour is a perfect solution in cases of the surplus fruit or tainted fruit. According to experts, the increase of such production will contribute to reduction of import of wheat at $ 15 million.
Ideas for business plan on plantain flour production
First of all, you have to make a choice of a place for plantain production, in order to gather the best harvest you need to opt for southern territories of Nigeria: Delta, Edo, Anambra, Abia, Akwa –Ibom, Enugu, Ebonyi, Benue, Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa, Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti. Any of this places will be ideal for plantain flour production in Nigeria.
In general, processing of fruits is the most rapidly developing field in many African regions, as it helps to reduce import and to develop not only domestic market but also exports.
If to speak about the raw material needed for the production of plantain flour it is plantain pulp.
Plantain flour production equipment
Plantain flour processing machine is inevitable for proper production of plantain flour.
Plantain flour health benefits
In Nigeria plantain is one of the main sources of nutrition. Nutritional value of plantain is quite high due to the chemical composition of the fruit: vitamins A, B, C, E, in particular vitamin B3 (Niacin or vitamin PP), together with vitamins B1 (thiamine) and B6 (pyridoxine).
Niacin provides the correct development and maturation of the nervous system of a child. It also supports the activity of the gastrointestinal tract, promotes elimination of an inflammation of the mucous membrane, increases secretion (production of gastric juice), stomach function promotion, stimulation of the functional activity of pancreas and liver.
Niacin is the only vitamin vital for the synthesis of male and female hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone), and hormones produced by the adrenal cortex (cortisone), thyroid gland (thyroxin) and pancreas (insulin), it is involved in all types of metabolism.
What else you should know about plantain production in Nigeria?
Plantain flour is a component needed for the production of confectionery items, it is actively used in the production of baby food because of plantain low allergen presence.
How to make plantain flour at home?
Plantain flour can be bought in any shop which provides you with healthy food. In addition to this, you can make plantain flour at home.
- First, you need to peel your plantains (sometimes it is needed to use the peel to make your flour more fibrous).
- Slice your plantains and put them in a preheated oven with the temperature of about 160 C.
- Make them dry.
- Cool them and grind in a blender to powder.
- Put it through a sieve.
- It can be kept in a container for about 2 weeks.
Dosage and application of unripe plantain flour
The dosage should be no more than two tbsp a day – nearly thirty grams. Such an amount of flour should be divided into 3 portions.
It is advisable to eat such flour about 30 minutes before all the meals, it would be much tastier to eat it with water, juice, and yogurt.
You can also add it to soups, cakes, salads. If you aim is to lose weight you may eat plantain flour every time before the meal.
Now you know a little bit more about plantain flour production in Nigeria, so you may start such a business. Hope you have found something interesting and helpful for you. Don’t forget that useful information should be shared.