Coix: Overview

Harold Corke*, Y. Huang, J. S. Li

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Coix, Coix lacryma-. jobi L., is a minor cereal grain crop closely related to maize. Originating in Asia, it has special importance in traditional Chinese medicine. As a starchy grain (with waxy and normal genotypes available), it has properties suitable for processing into a range of food types. Active medicinal components of coix grain include coixol, coixin, and coixenolide, which have been the subject of considerable recent research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe World Of Food Grains
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780123947864
ISBN (Print)9780123944375
StatePublished - 17 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Adlay
  • Chinese medicine
  • Coixenolide
  • Coixin
  • Coixol
  • Job's tears
  • Poaceae
  • Prolamin


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