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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: A Comparison of the Chemical Properties of Asclepias Seed Oil Stored under Various Conditions

item Phillips, Bliss
item Rennick, Kathy
item Abbott Dr, Thomas

Submitted to: American Oil Chemists' Society Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: May 20, 1998
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Asclepias syriaca is a promising new crop whose fiber is being marketed by the Natural Fibers Corporation in Nebraska, but whose seed oil is underutilized. This oil contains significant amount of C18 delta 9 (oleic acid). Based upon recent analyses, the commercial seed oil content of milkweed ranges from 22.2% to 26.2%. Peroxide values and the tocopherol content of the oils were dependent on the handling and storage conditions of the oil after extraction. Previous analyses of other species and samples collected from the wild will also be presented.

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