Fatty-acid composition of Prosopis ruscifolia seed upon prolonged storage conditions
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Prosopis ruscifolia, a member of the Mimosoidae family, is a leguminous tree found widely in the argentine Chaco region (Northeastern provinces), where this ecosystem is very fragile and strongly affected by extreme changes in climate and soil conditions which in turn leads very often to lack of food supplies for their inhabitants. The genus Prosopis is abundantly represented in Argentina, where the most prominent members are the well-known P. alba, P. chilensis, P. flexuosa, and P. nigra . In the past the plant has been regarded as a nuisance, but it has recently been reported as an alternative for vegetable coal, and its timber can be used for building constructions; most interestingly, their pods offer an array of useful components: high levels of protein, polysaccharides (galactomannans), and some antioxidants, presumably provided by polyphenols and phytates , which make this resource a valuable asset for food ingredients or nutraceutical uses.
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