The topic of plant extraction may be research topic and hence, all the topics or contents related to plant extraction cannot be included in this description
However, enough insight will be provided by categorizing the plant extraction into various groups that are easy to understand and absorb from a general view point. There will not be much technical information contained in this. However, many important points will be listed to know the very basics of plant extraction.
The plant extraction is broadly classified into the following seven categories for the purpose of this article:
- Plant extraction – Oils
- Plant extraction – From vegetables
- Plant extraction – From fruits
- Plant extraction – Dyes
- Plant extraction – Herbal
- Plant extraction – Cosmetic products and
- Plant extraction – From roots
Even we use the plants and plant products directly in our day-to-day life, we do use the plant extraction in a limited quantity. For instance, one may not use all the above listed extraction altogether. One may use the oil extracts in large quantities in food industries, whereas the dye extracts may be widely used in garment or some chemical industry. Herbal, root and medicinal extracts are mainly used in healthcare or medical fields. Fruits and vegetables extracts play a vital role sometimes in helping to nourish the body parts, internal or external.
The plant products such as leaves, vegetables or fruits are generally taken in large quantities. However, plant extraction are taken in proportions when compared to the actual fruit or vegetable. The dictionary definition for extract is ‘to remove from a larger whole’. It can also be referred to as essence or concentrate. The extract is a concentrated portion from the large vegetable mass, such as the plant extraction of sugar cane juice from the sugar cane plant, leaving the fodder aside and the juice in a glass. The juice is referred here as the extract. Let us now explore the different types of plant extraction.