Chemical Composition of Date Pits: Potential to Extract and Characterize the Lipid Fraction

  • Asif AhmadEmail author
  • Hifsa Imtiaz
Part of the Sustainable Agriculture Reviews book series (SARV, volume 34)


Date palm Phoenix dactylifera L., is recognized as an oldest plant and is grown for its palatable fruit and pit in various Arab countries for centuries. Its fruit is considered as an important source of dietary carbohydrates, fibers, antioxidant compounds, definite unique profile of vitamins and minerals especially the pits are tremendous reservoirs of lipids and protein components. The considerable amount of oil fraction in date pits is not only characterized with stability but also with biological activities and potential health benefits. A variety of techniques are available in scientific literature for extraction of date pit lipid fraction demonstrated significant amount of neutral fats, high molecular weight triglycerides, and sterol contents. Fractionation of pits lipids by Gas-liquid chromatography revealed more unsaturated fatty acids (e.g. oleic acid), less saturated fatty acids (lauric acid) and average amounts of myristic, palmitic and linoleic acids. The greater oil proportion of date seeds make it efficient use as renewable resource with significant value addition to the agricultural products and most commonly recognized for cosmetics, and food products usage. Presence of bioactive substances in this oil makes it a suitable candidate for variety of nutraceuticals and value-added food products.


Date pits Lipid extraction Liquid Saturated fatty acids Sterols Unsaturated fatty acids Lauric acid Fibers Fractionation Gas-liquid chromatography 


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  1. 1.Department of Food TechnologyPMAS-Arid Agriculture UniversityRawalpindiPakistan

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