Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 197–200 | Cite as

The physico-chemical properties of the seed and seed oil ofJatropha gossipifolia

  • O. Ogbobe
  • V. Akano


The physico-chemical properties of the seed and seed oil ofJatropha gossipifolia were assessed by standard methods. The seed contains 35.8% crude oil of iodine value 107.25, 13.40% protein, 9.25% fibre, 30.32% carbohydrate and 6.0 g/kg saponins. The fatty acid composition of the seed oil was determined by GC-MS. Caprylic, myristic, palmitoleic, palmitic, oleic, stearic, linoleic, vernolic, arachidic, behenic and lignoceric acids were found.

Key words

Jatropha gossipifolia protein carbohydrate seed oil fatty acids toxic components 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Ogbobe
    • 1
  • V. Akano
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryAbubakar Tafawa Balewa UniversityBauchiNigeria

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