Summary Points

• Diospyros mespiliformis has a wide ecological distribution, and is recognized as an important fruit tree with medicinal properties.

• Diospyros mespiliformis seeds have high concentrations of soluble sugars and starch, making them possible energy sources in human diets.

• Diospyros mespiliformis seed oil is rich in the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and a-linolenic acid.

• Diospyros mespiliformis seed oil could be exploited as raw material for synthesis of omega-3s.

• Omega-3s are essential in the reduction of inflammation and chronic diseases.

• There is need to fully characterize the antinutritional factor content of Diospyros mespiliformis seed, and breed plant varieties with higher seed oil yields but maintaining the current fatty acid profile.


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