Seje (Oenocarpus/Jessenia bataua) Palm Oil

  • Muhammad Mushtaq
  • Sumia Akram
  • Syeda Mariam Hasany


The seje palms (Jessenia/Oenocarpus complex) are the least-expressed but an equally valuable family of oil-bearing fruits. The plants are native to the swamp and highland forests of Amazon basin in South America. The pulp of these palm fruits; arbitrarily referred as seje, pataua, milpesos, or ungurahuay contains lipids up to 50% (each fruit weight 10–15 g). The major fatty acid constituents are monosaturated acids like oleic and linoleic acids. The lipids recovered from mesocarp of seje fruit were found to be a rich source of sterols, tocochromanols, alcohols, carotenoids, and phenolic compounds. The oil produced from seje fruits was found to be curative for bronchitis, tuberculosis, skin allergies, and hair fall. The researchers believe that the seje palm if cultivated on the commercial scale might be a more economical and viable alternative of olive oil.


Pataua Milpesos Ungurahuay Fatty acids Tocochromanols Alcohols Carotenoids 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muhammad Mushtaq
    • 1
  • Sumia Akram
    • 2
    • 3
  • Syeda Mariam Hasany
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryGovernment College UniversityLahorePakistan
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryMinhaj UniversityLahorePakistan
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryKinnaird College for Women UniversityLahorePakistan

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