Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 2138–2144 | Cite as

Phenolic profile and antioxidant activity of Pistacia vera var. Sarakhs hull and kernel extracts: the influence of different solvents

  • Seyedeh Faezeh Taghizadeh
  • Ramin Rezaee
  • Gholamhossein Davarynejad
  • Gholamreza Karimi
  • Seyed Hossein Nemati
  • Javad Asili
Original Paper


Iran is among the main exporters of pistachio (Pistacia vera L.). Thus, evaluation of phytochemical properties of this product is of crucial importance. In this study, effects of three types of solvents namely, polar protic solvents (i.e. ultrapure water, methanol and ethanol), polar aprotic solvents (i.e. acetone and ethyl acetate) and a non-polar solvent (i.e. hexane), on total phenolic compounds, total flavonoids, and total proanthocyanidins extractability as well as antioxidant activity (as evaluated by 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl and ferric reducing antioxidant power assay) of P. vera var. Sarakhs hull and kernel, were investigated. High extraction yields were observed following utilization of less polar solvents (43.14 and 34.19% for hull and kernel, respectively). There were significant differences among solvents in terms of the amount of antioxidant compounds extracted. Ethanolic hull and kernel extract showed the maximum amounts of total phenols (113.21 and 169.53 mg of gallic acid equivalent per g of dried plant, respectively), total flavonoids (87.03 and 139.47 mg of quercetin equivalent per g of dried plant, respectively) and total proanthocyanidins (110.60 and 150.32 mg of catechin equivalents per g of dried plant, respectively) followed by methanol > ultrapure water > ethyl acetate > hexane. Assessment of antioxidant activity showed that the ethanol extract of hull and kernel had the least IC50 (3.04 and 6.8 µg/ml, respectively) and the greatest value when assessed by FRAP (8.80 and 5.59 mmol/g, respectively). The results suggested that P. vera var. Sarakhs hull and kernel extract can be regarded as a promising alternative for synthetic antioxidants.


Anacardiaceae Antioxidant capacity DPPH Phenolic compounds FRAP Pistacia vera 







Ferric reducing antioxidant power assay


Total phenolic content


Total flavonoid content


Total proanthocyanidin content


Hydrogen chloride


2, 4, 6-Tris (2-pyridyl)-5-triazine


Polarity index


Proton acceptor parameter


Proton donor parameter


Strong dipole parameter


Viscosity at 20


Vapor pressure at 20° mm Hg



The authors are grateful to Faculty of Pharmacy, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seyedeh Faezeh Taghizadeh
    • 1
  • Ramin Rezaee
    • 2
  • Gholamhossein Davarynejad
    • 1
  • Gholamreza Karimi
    • 3
    • 4
  • Seyed Hossein Nemati
    • 1
  • Javad Asili
    • 5
  1. 1.Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture and Landscape EngineeringFerdowsi University of MashhadMashhadIslamic Republic of Iran
  2. 2.Clinical Research Unit, Faculty of MedicineMashhad University of Medical SciencesMashhadIslamic Republic of Iran
  3. 3.Pharmaceutical Research Center, Institute of Pharmaceutical TechnologyMashhad University of Medical SciencesMashhadIslamic Republic of Iran
  4. 4.School of PharmacyMashhad University of Medical SciencesMashhadIslamic Republic of Iran
  5. 5.Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of PharmacognosyMashhad University of Medical SciencesMashhadIslamic Republic of Iran

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