Comparative Nutritional Analysis of Phoenix dactylifera and Phoenix reclinata Seeds
Olapeju Aderinola1, Koleayo Omoyajowo2, Olutunde Babalola3, John Ogidan4, and Sunday Amiolemen5
1National Centre For Technology Management, Nigeria, 2National Centre For Technology Management, Nigeria, 3National Centre For Technology Management, Nigeria, 4National Centre For Technology Management, Nigeria, and 5National Centre For Technology Management, Nigeria
This study examined the nutritional content of seeds of two date palm species?Phoenix dactylifera and Phoenix reclinata, using standard analytical procedures. Results obtained from proximate method shows a significant increase (P<0.05) in crude protein, carbohydrate and ash content of P. dactylifera seeds compared to that of P. reclinata. However, moisture content, crude fat and fibre was significantly higher (P<0.05) in seeds of P. reclinata than P. dactylifera. The mineral element analysis revealed a significant increase (P<0.05) in Na, K, Fe and Zn content in seeds of P. reclinata compared to P. dactylifera. However, a significant increase in Ca, Mg was observed in P. dactylifera as compared to P. reclinata. Hence, the study observed differences in the nutritional content of the seeds of the two date palm species but concludes that both seeds demonstrates great nutritional potential for humankind. Thus, it recommends that further research should focus on seeds and other under-utilized portions of a large group of fruits for industrial exploitation.
Nutritional Analysis, Seeds, and Phoenix species