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  • Subajiny Sivakanthan
  • Terrence Madhujith
  • Ashoka Gamage
  • Na Zhang


Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp) (Pasquet 1998) also known as black-eyed pea, bachapin bean, southern pea, crowder pea, China pea and cow gram is an herbaceous legume belonging to the family Fabaceae. It is well adapted to harsh arid climates and low fertile soils and more drought- and heat-tolerant than most of its legume relatives (Carvalho et al. 2017; Hall 2004; Timko and Singh 2008). Cowpea has been used for human consumption as well as an animal feed since antiquity. Cowpea plays a vital role in the livelihoods of millions of people in less developed countries of the tropics. For Africans, it plays a pivotal role in the economy and nutrition of their daily life (Houssou et al. 2010).


Antinutritional factors Biofortified cowpea Cowpea-fortified foods Cowpea protein isolates Vigna unguiculata Phytates Weaning foods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Subajiny Sivakanthan
    • 1
  • Terrence Madhujith
    • 2
  • Ashoka Gamage
    • 3
  • Na Zhang
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of JaffnaJaffnaSri Lanka
  2. 2.Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of PeradeniyaPeradeniyaSri Lanka
  3. 3.Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PeradeniyaPeradeniyaSri Lanka
  4. 4.College of Food Engineering, Harbin University of CommerceHarbinChina

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