Bauhinia purpurea Seed Oil

  • Mohamed Fawzy RamadanEmail author


Kachnar (Bauhinia purpurea) seed oil is rich in bioactive lipids and could be considered as a raw material for functional and pharmaceutical products. B. purpurea oilseeds contain approx. 17.5% as an n-hexane extractable lipids. Linoleic, palmitic, oleic and stearic acids were the main fatty acids in the crude B. purpurea seed oil. The amounts of neutral lipids in the crude B. purpurea seed oil was the highest, followed by glycolipids and phospholipids. B. purpurea seed oil is characterized by high levels of sterols, wherein the sterol marker was β-sitosterol. β-Tocopherol was the main identified tocopherol isomer and the rest was δ-tocopherol. This chapter summarizes the chemical composition and functional properties of B. purpurea seed oil.


Kachnar seed oil Leguminosae Fatty acids Sterols Tocols Lipid-soluble bioactives 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Agricultural Biochemistry Department, Faculty of AgricultureZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt

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