Evaluation of Non-Wood Forest Products in Food Industry
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Keywords:Forest Product, Fibrous Foods, Forest Fruits, Human Health, Natural Life
In this study, non-wood forest products evaluated in the food industry have been compiled. The status of non-wood forest products in Türkiye and around the world has been presented. Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPs) have served as essential nourishment for numerous communities in both Türkiye and worldwide. This study offers a comprehensive overview of the historical importance and contemporary relevance of NWFP utilization, both within Türkiye and on a global scale. Despite their vital role, NWFPs have yet to gain widespread recognition internationally. In ancient times, forests held a central role as primary food sources, but this significance diminished as agricultural practices evolved. At present, the yield of NWFPs remains notably modest, particularly within the Turkish context. Reinvigorating the NWFP sector necessitates collaborative endeavors between the food industry and forestry enterprises. Such efforts hold the potential to not only promote the production of healthier food resources but also to enhance the economic well-being of local communities. Especially in small settlements near forests, meetings should be organized to introduce non-wood forest products to the local communities, and the residents should be supported economically. Thus, both local developments can be enhanced and environmental awareness can be cultivated among people, thereby enabling a more conscious understanding of forestry and nutrition to be passed on to future generations.