Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 35–44 | Cite as

Chemical composition of kernels from some species ofCucurbitaceae grown in Nigeria

  • G. I. O. Badifu
  • A. O. Ogunsua


The seeds of lesser-known species —Cucumeropsis mannii, Lagenaria sicceraria varities 1 and 2 andTelfairia occidentalis, ofCucurbitaceae family were studied. The protein content ofC. mannii was 36.1% and the varieties 1 and 2 ofL. sicceraria had 32.1% and 33.3% respectively.Telfairia occidentalis had protein content of 33.2%. The fat contents ofC. mannii, L. Sicceraria var. 1 and 2 andT. occidentalis were 44.4%, 44.6%, 46.9% and 42.3% respectively. The crude fibre content for each of the two varieties ofL. sicceraria was 3.6% andT. occidentalis had 5.5%.Cucumeropsis mannii had the lowest (2.4%) fibre content. The carbohydrate contents forL. Sicceraria var. 2,C. mannii, andT. occidentalis were 12.6%, 13.2% and 14.4% respectively.Lagenaria sicceraria var. 1 had the highest value of carbohydrate (15.8%). The species were relatively rich in potassium and magnesium with range of values of 0.56% to 0.68% and 434 ppm to 444 ppm respectively.Cucumeropsis mannii andLagenaria sicceraria var. 2 had relatively high contents of calcium (117 ppm) and iron (109 ppm) respectively. The kernels of these species exhibited lipase activity.Telfairia occidentalis showed the highest degree of lipase activity.

Key words

protein fat (oil) fibre carbohydrate minerals lipase activity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. I. O. Badifu
    • 1
  • A. O. Ogunsua
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ForestryForestry Research Institute of NigeriaIbadanNigeria
  2. 2.Department of Food Science and TechnologyObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-IfeNigeria

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