Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 99–107 | Cite as

Nutritional and toxic factors in selected wild edible plants

  • J. L. Guil
  • I. Rodríguez-Garcí
  • E. Torija


Nutritional (ascorbic acid, dehydroascorbic acid and carotenes); antinutritional and toxic components (oxalic acid, nitrate and erucic acid) were determined in sixteen popular species of wild edible plants which are collected for human consumption in southeast Spain. Ascorbic+dehydroascorbic acids contents were very high in several species, especially in Chenopodium album L. (155 mg/100 g). Carotenoid content ranged from 4.2 mg/100 g (Stellaria media Villars) to 15.4 mg/100 g (Amaranthus viridis L.). A range of values was found for oxalic acid from absence to 1100 mg/100 g of plant material. Nitrate contents ranged from 47 mg/100 g ( Salicornia europaea L.) to 597 mg/100 g (Amaranthus viridis L.). Low amounts of erucic acid were found in the Cruciferae family (Sisymbrium irio L. 1.73%; Cardaria draba L. 1.23%) and Plantago major L. 3.45%.

Ascorbic acid Carotenoids Oxalic acid Nitrate Erucic acid Wild edible plant 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. Guil
    • 1
  • I. Rodríguez-Garcí
    • 2
  • E. Torija
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Ingeniería QuímicaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Química Ovgánica, Facultad de Ciencias ExperimentalesUniversidad de AlmeríaAlmeríaSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Nutrición y Bromatología II, Facultad de FarmaciaUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain

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