Frontiers of Agriculture and Food Technology

Frontiers of Agriculture and Food Technology ISSN 2736-1624 Vol. 10 (8), pp. 001-004, August, 2020. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Qualitative determination of chemical and nutritional composition of Parkia biglobosa (Jacq.) Benth

Alabi D.A.1*, Akinsulire O.R.1 and Sanyaolu M.A.2

1Department of Biological Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria.

2University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada TEG 2E1.

Accepted 04 May,2020

Abstract

Qualitative determination of chemical and nutritional composition of Parkia biglobosa seeds an underexploited crop seed in Nigeria was carried out. Seeds of P. biglobosa were found to be rich in lipid, protein, carbohydrate, soluble sugars and ascorbic acid. The cotyledon was very nutritious, has less fibre and ash contents when compared to that of testa. The oil content was suitable for consumption since it contains very low acid and iodine contents. The oil has very high saponification value and hence would be useful in soap industry. Some simple reducing sugars, including lactose, were identified.

Key words: Parkia bioglobosa, Qualitative determination, Industrial use, Saponification, underexploited.