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Fatty acids and mineral composition of melon (Cucumis melo L. Inodorus) seeds from West Algeria

Joseph Kajima Mulengi, Naima Bouazzaoui, Wassila Drici, Wafaa Bouazzaoui, Wafaa Lemerini, Djamel Bendiabdellah, Zoheir Arrar


Seeds of melon (Cucumis melo L. Inodorus) were analyzed for their mineral and lipid compositions. The seeds showed a 30.7%lipids content and ashes accounted for 4.08%. Freshly extracted oil showed acid and peroxide values respectively 4.01 mg KOH/g  and 2.25Meq (O2)/Kg. Iodine and saponification values were 104.52 g (I2)/100 g and 193.60 mg (KOH)/g respectively. Main fatty acids identified so far were linoleic, oleic, palmitic and stearic acids with respective contents 60.1%, 25.3%, 10.1% and 4.5%. Mineral analysis revealed significant levels of potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium, namely 509.80, 101.71, 55.39 and 41.17 mg/100g respectively

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