Unlocking new raw materials of medicine and food homology, mulberry leaves are coming out of the circle with new “peptides”
China is the birthplace of sericulture. Legend has it that Leizu, the wife of Emperor Xuanyuan, the ancestor of mankind, taught the people to raise silkworms. It has a history of more than 5,000 years. Later, through the ancient Silk Road, the prosperity of the Chinese sericulture industry has driven the world. The progress of civilization. Silkworm not only contributed to the spread of Chinese civilization, but also played an important role in the social economy at that time. Since ancient times, the ruling class has taken “agricultural mulberry” as the foundation of the country, which has an advantageous position in the ancient farming culture.
China has long led the world in mulberry cultivation, sericulture, silk production, and silk weaving. Mulberry trees are suitable for planting in many regions of my country, including the northeast and southwest provinces, northwest, Xinjiang and other places. Hubei is the most suitable area for mulberry sericulture determined by the national agricultural division, and it is also one of the top ten sericulture provinces in the country. The specific geographical environment and unique climatic conditions have achieved the large-scale development of the mulberry industry in this area.
A leaf, leveraging a new industry
In the Ruibang Biological Mulberry Planting Base of Ma Lin Village, Cenhe Farm, Jingzhou Development Zone, Hubei Province, 400 acres of mulberry trees are neatly arranged in the field. The mulberry trees here are different from ordinary mulberry trees. First of all, the trunk is relatively short, with only mulberry leaves and no mulberries, and a growth cycle every 45 days. Secondly, the protein content in mulberry leaves is relatively high, exceeding 30%. Finally, an ingredient called mulberry leaf peptide that can be extracted from this mulberry leaf can be used as a functional food or health food material
It is reported that this new variety of mulberry is more suitable for tropical planting. Hainan can be used all year round. Jingzhou grows slowly from November to May. Therefore, the two-base planting model in Jingzhou and Hainan is adopted to ensure the continuous supply of raw materials. Compared with traditional cash crops, this mulberry tree has a relatively high yield. At present, an agreement has been reached with local farmers to use the “company + base + farmers” model to encourage more farmers to engage in standardized planting of mulberry trees and promote the local economic and agricultural development.
Ruibang Biological told Zhitiqiao that it has invested 1 billion yuan in the construction of the active peptide industrial park project, and will continue to research and develop mulberry leaf deep-processed products, increase the added value of products, and benefit more mulberry farmers. With the successful research and development of mulberry leaf peptide raw materials, this leaf is starting a new industry.