Bioactive Compounds of California Fan Palm Washingtonia filifera (Linden ex André) H. Wendl. ex de Bary

  • Yaser Hassan DewirEmail author
  • Mohammed Elsayed El-Mahrouk
  • Mayada Kadry Seliem
  • Hosakatte Niranjana Murthy
Living reference work entry
Part of the Reference Series in Phytochemistry book series (RSP)


The fruit of the California fan palm (Washingtonia filifera) is underutilized. Phytochemical analysis of the fruit has demonstrated its high nutritional values. The fruit is a good source of carbohydrates, soluble sugars, and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. The fruit has several bioactive compounds having antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, unlike other palm species, W. filifera tree is resistant to red palm weevil, which encourages its cultivation as a potential widely used food source.


Arecaceae Food resources GC-MS analysis Nutritional value Underutilized fruits 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yaser Hassan Dewir
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mohammed Elsayed El-Mahrouk
    • 2
  • Mayada Kadry Seliem
    • 3
  • Hosakatte Niranjana Murthy
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Plant Production Department, College of Food and Agriculture SciencesKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Department of Horticulture, Faculty of AgricultureKafrelsheikh UniversityKafr El-SheikhEgypt
  3. 3.Ornamental and Floriculture DepartmentHorticulture Research InstituteAntoniades, AlexandriaEgypt
  4. 4.Department of BotanyKarnatak UniversityDharwadIndia
  5. 5.Research Center for the Development of Advanced Horticultural TechnologyChungbuk National UniversityCheongjuRepublic of Korea

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hosakatte Niranjana Murthy
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BotanyKarnatak UniversityDharwadIndia
  2. 2.Research Center for the Development of Advanced Horticultural TechnologyChungbuk National UniversityCheongjuRepublic of Korea

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