Chemical composition of the pulp of three typical Amazonian fruits: araça-boi (Eugenia stipitata), bacuri (Platonia insignis) and cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflorum)
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Araça-boi (Eugenia stipitata), bacuri (Platonia insignis) and cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflorum) are three exotic fruits typical of the Amazonian region. Their pulps are very much appreciated by the inhabitants and have been recently exported. The present paper reports on the chemical composition of these pulps: the gross composition (carbohydrates, protein, fat, ash and dietary fibre contents) has been determined, together with a more detailed analysis of sugars, amino acids, fatty acids and minerals. Altogether, the data indicate that these fruit pulps of Amazonian origin are of nutritional interest and should be promoted at least at a regional level.
KeywordsAmazonian fruits Chemical composition Eugenia stipitata Platonia insignis Theobroma grandiflorum
The authors particularly thank the European Union-DGXII (project TS3-CT94-0300) for financial support for this work.
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