International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research

Nutritive value and chemical composition of prickly pear seeds (Opuntia ficus indica L.) growing in Egypt

Mohamed Saleh AbdelFattah1, Sherif E. A. Badr*2 and Ahmed Salah Elsaid3

1Natural Products Research Unit, Faculty of Science Helwan University Cairo, Egypt.
2N.M.R. Lab., Regional Center for Food and Feed “RCFF”, Agriculture Research Center, (ARC),Giza, Egypt.
3Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science,Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

*Corresponding Author Email: sherif97badra(at)

Mohamed Saleh AbdelFattah

Sherif E. A. Badr

Ahmed Salah Elsaid

Article Number: JAPR.20.001  |   Pages: 1-10  |   Vol.8 (1), February 2020   |   DOI:

 Received: October 17, 2019  Accepted: December 8, 2019  Published: February 13, 2020


The objective of this study was to determine Antimicrobial activity of methanolic extract of cactus seeds powder against (Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus cereus, yeast and mycotoxins metabolites). Prickly pear seed Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) was analyzed for its chemical and nutritional content. The analysis included those for: moisture, crude lipid, crude protein, ash, and crude fiber, phenols, antioxidants, saponine, flavonoids) and mineral contents (Fe, Cu, Zn and Se). Results illustrated that, mannan and ß- glucan, content 153.44 and 69.20 g / Kg, respectively. Minerals determined of Fe, Zn, Cu and Se were: 127.20, 152.90 and 1.29 mg/kg and 24.76 ppb, respectively. Linoleic acid was established as the major fatty acid (54.03%), followed by oleic (22.41%) and palmitic (17.11%) acids. Both docosahexaenoic (DH) and docosenoic acids were detected in prickly pear seed oil in low amounts. It could be concluded that, prickly pear seeds powder are an important source of natural fiber and, given its high linoleic acid content, its oil can be used as a nutraceutical agent.

Nutritional composition, prickly pear (Opunti aficus-indica (L.) seeds, fatty acids, fiber, minerals, protein, amino acids, antimicrobial activity

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