The chemical composition of fruits of Pistacia atlantica desf. subsp. atlantica from Algeria

  • H. Benhassaini
  • M. Bendahmane
  • N. Benchalgo


The chemical composition of the fruits of the north algerian ecotype Pistacia atlantica subsp. atlantica was determined and compared to other fruits of different species in the genus growing in south Algeria and other Mediterranean regions. These fruits were analyzed for their dry matter, protein, crude oil, ash, fatty acids, and phytosterol content. The main fatty acids identified by gas chromatography were oleic (54.15%), linoleic (28.84%), and palmitic (12.21%) acids. The fruits of the north ecotype were found to be rich in protein, oil, fiber, and unsaturated fatty acids, suggesting that they may be valuable for food uses. The sterols isolated were campesterol, stigmasterol, β-sitosterol, and Δ5-avenasterol with β-sitosterol as the major constituent (85%±0.85). The biochemical data indicated an elevated MUFA rate (∼56%) in pistacia oil which may be important against certain pathologies for its nutritional and preventive virtues.

Key words

Pistacia atlantica subsp. atlantica biochemical composition GC/MS fatty acids phytosterols 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Benhassaini
    • 1
  • M. Bendahmane
    • 2
  • N. Benchalgo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of environmental sciencesDjillali Liabes UniversitySidi-Bel-AbbesAlgeria
  2. 2.Department of BiologyDjillali Liabes UniversitySidi-Bel-AbbesAlgeria

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