• palm oil;
  • fatty acids;
  • tocopherols;
  • tocotrienols;
  • carotenoids;
  • HPLC


BACKGROUND: Fatty acid, tocopherol, tocotrienol and carotene contents were assessed in four oil palm species from the National Centre of Agronomical Research of Côte d'Ivoire, two of which were the basal Lamé (HP1) and Deli (HP2) collections and two of which resulted from crossings between HP1 and HP2 varieties of Eleais guineensis, HP3 and HP4 being identified as the first and second cycle selection, respectively.

RESULTS: Palm oil species were characterized by the richness in polyunsaturated fatty acids composition (48–60%) compared to saturated fatty acids (40–52%), especially the first variety, which was from the base collection, and the two hybrids ensuing from crossing. Total carotene content of those varieties was higher and accounted for 832–3575 µg g−1, and the β-carotene level (580–2390 µg g−1) was predominant. Total vitamin E content was 864–1124 µg g−1, with a notable higher content of tocotrienols, especially γ-and α-tocotrienol, ranging from 400 to 515 µg g−1 and from 238 to 350 µg g−1, respectively.

CONCLUSION: Crossing seemed to be useful in improving the performance and analytical characteristics of the base collection materials. Copyright © 2009 Society of Chemical Industry