Carica candicans gray (Mito), an alimentary resource from Peruvian flora

Vincenzo De Feo, Francesco De Simone, Gladys Arias Arroyo, Felice Senatore

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In addition to some histological observations, the chemical composition of Carica candicans Gray (Caricaceae) fruit and seeds, a plant common in Peruvian nutritional habits, was determined. The fruit contains high amounts of total proteins (8.2% on dry weight basis) and carbohydrates (70.1%) and appreciable contents of vitamin C and minerals. The oil extracted from seeds is in high amount (41.6%). The fatty acid composition, with a prevalence of oleic, palmitic, and linoleic acids, suggests a possible use of this oil in alimentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3682-3684
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1999


  • Carica candicans
  • Fruit
  • Proximate composition
  • Seeds


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