Assessing Ethnophysiological Use of Spices and Condiments in Bahir Dar City Market, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia: Ethnophysiological Qualitative Study
Biomedical Sciences
Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2020, Pages: 25-30
Received: Jan. 28, 2020; Accepted: Feb. 25, 2020; Published: Jun. 15, 2020
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Dessalegn Demeke, Department of Biomedical Science (Unit of Physiology), College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Biruk Getahun, Department of Biomedical Science (Unit of Physiology), College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Destaw Mulualem Atinafu, Department of Biology, College of Natural and Computational science, Injibara University, Injibara, Ethiopia
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Spices and condiments are substances added to foods to enhance aroma and taste. The aim of this study addresses the traditional preparation of spice and condiments and give value for indigenous knowledge in the local society. A community survey was conducted. One hundred sixty-nine informants were selected by using a random sampling technique. Semi-structured interviews, observation, in-depth interview and prepared questionnaires were employed to collect pertinent data on the local use of spice and condiments. The data obtained were analyzed by using analytical tools commonly ordered in ethnobiological studies like preference ranking, direct matrix ranking, and pairwise compression. Twenty four species of spice were found in the market. Eight condiments were identified in routinely prepared dishes. From the result of the Paired comparison, Allium sativum scores the highest use-value in the preparation of spice and condiments. The preference ranking result also indicated that Red pepper is the most preferred condiment by the inhabitant of the local community. This study also indicated that the indigenous knowledge in the preparation of spice varies with age groups with the elder more knowledgeable than youngsters. The indigenous knowledge also under threat as the young are not interested in domestic activities. There is knowledge limitation (deterioration) in the younger generation. The younger generation strongly recommends to keep, learn, preserve and maintain their ancestral wisdom for the indigenous use of spice and condiments in the resident.
Spice, Indigenous Knowledge, Condiment, Ranking, Ethnophysiology
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Dessalegn Demeke, Biruk Getahun, Destaw Mulualem Atinafu, Assessing Ethnophysiological Use of Spices and Condiments in Bahir Dar City Market, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia: Ethnophysiological Qualitative Study, Biomedical Sciences. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2020, pp. 25-30. doi: 10.11648/
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