Plant bioactive from the palms and other horticultural crops: biochemistry and processing of food, nutraceutical, and functional foods


Palms constitute an important component of economically important plants next only to grasses and legumes. Some of the critical members of the palm family are coconut (Cocos nucifera L.), palmyra palm (Borassus sp.); oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.); date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.), among others. Even though the economic importance of palms is known in their niche areas, palms largely remain underutilized in the development of functional foods, and further, their biochemical potential to develop novel nutraceuticals remains untapped. Special-purpose equipment/tools have been developed to reduce human drudgery and ensure the hygienic production of palms and other horticultural crops. Nevertheless, it must be acknowledged that there are notable contributions such as the development of palm-based inflorescence sap, sugars, dietary fibers, which fetches a considerable premium in the domestic and international food markets. Many research contributions are exploring the medicinal potential of palm-derived products in conferring anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects, among others, albeit in animal models and epidemiological studies on humans. The emphasis of current research in the field of food biochemistry of palms warrants a scrupulous and systematic prospecting of bioactive having potential for food, medicine, and nutraceuticals.


Nonetheless, some of the bioactive already characterized has not been further investigated for their biological effects in animal or human studies and hence no or at the very best a little information on their bioavailability. Similarly, many of the horticultural crops also have untapped nutraceutical and bioactive potential waiting to be unleashed.  In this backdrop, we, should the honor of guest editors be bestowed upon us, propose a special issue that would receive high-quality original articles, review articles, commentaries, and perspective pieces about the biochemistry and processing of palm-based products and other horticultural crops with a particular emphasis on food quality, functional food, and nutraceutical aspects.


Potential topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Identification and biochemical characterization of novel and potential bioactive molecules from palms and horticultural crops having functional food and nutraceutical prospective
  • Development of functional foods from palm and another horticultural crop including spices, condiments, and tree crops of commercial importance
  • Development of special-purpose tools/equipment for processing and value addition of palm-based products
  • Optimization of processing parameters for the production of palm sap sugar
  • Health potential of palm and horticultural produces in animal models, epidemiological studies
  • Palm-based oil: authentication and adulteration detection
  • Characterization of palm sap sugar-based value-added products
  • Development and characterization of value-added edible products from palm
  • Innovative technologies for shelf-life extension of palm beverages



  • Bioactives from palms
  • Biochemistry and processing of palm products
  • Functional foods
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Nutrition al potential of palms and horticultural crops
  • Shelf-life extension
  • Palm-based food processing
  • Palm-based valued-added products
  • Spices and condiments in human health
  • Biochemistry and bioactive potential of horticultural crops


Guest Editors

(R. Pandiselvam & Ramesh S.V.)

Division of Physiology Biochemistry, & Post Harvest Technology,

ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute,

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

Kasaragod, Kerala, India- 671 124

Managing Editor

Amin Mousavi Khaneghah, PhD

Department of Food Science, Faculty of Food Engineering, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

 Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page of the journal.

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Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.

Last Submission due date: October 30, 2022

Article-processing charges (APC):  USD 650 (Invited articles are free from APC)

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