Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 8, Issue 2,2010
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Mineral contents of different parts of capers (Capparis ovata Desf.)


Mehmet Öğüt, Fatih Er *

Recieved Date: 2010-01-19, Accepted Date: 2010-04-08


The purpose of this study was to establish the mineral contents of young shoot, bud and fruit of Capparis ovata plants growing wild in Turkey. The mineral contents of bud, fruit and young shoots of C. ovata growing wild in Turkey were established by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES). All seeds contained high amounts of Ca, K, Mg, Na and P, and very high contents of Ca, K, Mg, Na and P were found in all the caper parts. In addition, Cd, Cr and Pb contents of samples were very low. Potassium contents of samples were high in most cases and ranged from 4057.1 to 37368.1 ppm. Magnesium content ranged from 19.4 ppm (middle bud) to 1559.6 ppm (large bud). As a result, caper parts were found to be important sources of nutrients and essential elements. Also, it is apparent that caper parts are good sources of the macro and micro minerals and can be consumed as a food ingredient to provide nutrition.


C. ovata Desf. var. canescens, caper parts, minerals, heavy metal, ICP-AES

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2010
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 216-217

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