, Volume 45, Issue 5, pp 705-707
Date: 17 Nov 2009

Fatty acid composition of Prosopis cineraria seeds

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The genus Prosopis belongs to the family Fabaceae, subfamily Mimosaceae and comprises 44 species distributed mainly in arid and semi-arid, tropical, and subtropical countries [1]. In many desert regions of the world the seeds of Prosopis species have been proposed as a source for agro-industrial development of economic foods for humans and animals [2, 3]. Furthermore, the seeds and pods have been used in traditional medicine for treating a broad range of diseases and illness [4, 5]. Sugars, flavonones, fatty acids, tannins from the heartwood [1], flavones, glycoside patulitrin from flowers [6], and piperidine3-ol alkaloid [7] were previously reported.

In continuation of our previous studies on various seed oils and the identification of hydroxy fatty acids [8], a study of seed oils of P. cineraria has been carried out for their component fatty acids and to confirm the presence or absence of hydroxy fatty acid in this seed oil.

The analytical values of oil and seeds (Table 1) were determi

Published in Khimiya Prirodnykh Soedinenii, No. 5, p. 592–593, September–October, 2009.