Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 66, Issue 4, pp 376–383 | Cite as

Antioxidant Capacity and Phenolics Content of Apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) Kernel as a Function of Genotype

  • Girish Korekar
  • Tsering StobdanEmail author
  • Richa Arora
  • Ashish Yadav
  • Shashi Bala Singh
Original Paper


Fourteen apricot genotypes grown under similar cultural practices in Trans-Himalayan Ladakh region were studied to find out the influence of genotype on antioxidant capacity and total phenolic content (TPC) of apricot kernel. The kernels were found to be rich in TPC ranging from 92.2 to 162.1 mg gallic acid equivalent/100 g. The free radical-scavenging activity in terms of inhibitory concentration (IC50) ranged from 43.8 to 123.4 mg/ml and ferric reducing antioxidant potential (FRAP) from 154.1 to 243.6 FeSO4.7H2O μg/ml. A variation of 1–1.7 fold in total phenolic content, 1–2.8 fold in IC50 by 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay and 1–1.6 fold in ferric reducing antioxidant potential among the examined kernels underlines the important role played by genetic background for determining the phenolic content and antioxidant potential of apricot kernel. A positive significant correlation between TPC and FRAP (r = 0.671) was found. No significant correlation was found between TPC and IC50; FRAP and IC50; TPC and physical properties of kernel. Principal component analysis demonstrated that genotypic effect is more pronounced towards TPC and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) content in apricot kernel while the contribution of seed and kernel physical properties are not highly significant.


Antioxidant capacity Dry fruit Genotypes Ladakh Nutrition Seed 





Geometric mean diameter


Ferric reducing antioxidant potential


Gallic acid equivalent


Inhibitory concentration


Color in lightness


Principal component analysis


Total antioxidant capacity


Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity


Total phenolic content


2,4,6-tri (2-pyridyl)-s-triazine


Weight in grams





Girish Korekar is grateful to Defence Research and Development Organisation, New Delhi, India for providing financial support to carry out this work through Senior Research Fellowship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Girish Korekar
    • 1
  • Tsering Stobdan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Richa Arora
    • 1
  • Ashish Yadav
    • 1
  • Shashi Bala Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Defence Institute of High Altitude ResearchDefence R & D OrganisationLeh-LadakhIndia

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