The Nutritional and Health Potential of Blackjack (Bidens pilosa l.): A Review – Promoting the Use of Blackjack for Food

The Nutritional and Health Potential of Blackjack (Bidens pilosa l.): A Review – Promoting the Use of Blackjack for Food

Rose Mujila Mboya (Independent Researcher, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/IJARPHM.2019010104

Abstract

Blackjack (bidens pilosa l.) grows naturally as a perennial herb across the world, especially in tropical regions, and it is used in many parts of the world for treating illnesses such as diarrhea, indigestion, wounds, and respiratory infections. Blackjack's agricultural and pharmaceutical benefits have been well studied by scientists, following which several suggestions for using it as a source of supplements and alternative antibiotics have been made. Moreover, blackjack is edible but very much underutilized for food purposes. In this article, the author reviews the advantages and disadvantages of blackjack and argues for the deliberation of promoting its use for food.
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Background

Blackjack (Figure 1) falls under the following taxonomic tree (Bartolome, Villaseñor & Yang, 2013):

Figure 1.

Blackjack (Bidens pilosa L.)

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Taxonomic Tree

  • Kingdom:Plantae

  • Subkingdom:Tracheobionta

  • Phylum:Spermatophyta

  • Subphylum:Angiospermae

  • Class:Magnoliopsida

  • Order:Asterales

  • Family:Asteraceae

  • Genus:Bidens

  • Species:Bidens pilosa

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