Increased reliance on major food crops has been accompanied by shrinking of the food basket which humankind has been relying upon for generations (Prescott Allen ). Modern crop production predominantly involves only hundreds of the many thousands of the known food plants globally. Ethno-botanic surveys indicate that thousands of traditional species are largely ignored by scientific researches and food processors. Chenopodium album Linn. (Chenopodiaceae) a native plant of Western Asia, also falls in under the explored category.

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