Chemical composition of the essential oil of Cuminum cyminum L. from China

Authors

  • Rong Li,

    1. Department of Food Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Commerce, Tianjin 300400, People's Republic of China
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  • Zi-Tao Jiang

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    1. Department of Food Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Commerce, Tianjin 300400, People's Republic of China
    • Department of Food Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Commerce, Tianjin 300400, People's Republic of China.
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Abstract

The essential oil of the seeds of Cuminum cyminum L. from China was isolated by hydrodistillation in a yield of 3.8%. The chemical composition of the essential oil was examined by GC and GC–MS; 37 components, representing 97.97% of the oil, were identified. Cuminal (36.31%), cuminic alcohol (16.92%), γ-terpinene (11.14%), safranal (10.87%), p-cymene (9.85%) and β-pinene (7.75%) were the major components. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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