Corema album spp: Edible wild crowberries with a high content in minerals and organic acids

Catarina Brito, Taciana Bertotti, Maria João Primitivo, Marta Neves, Cristiana L. Pires, Pedro F. Cruz, Patrícia A. T. Martins, Ana Cristina Rodrigues, Maria João Moreno, Rui M. M. Brito, Maria Jorge Campos, Daniela C. Vaz, Maria Fernanda Pessoa, Fernando Lidon, Fernando Reboredo, Vânia S. Ribeiro

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Abstract

Edible wild plants are part of the ethnobotanical and gastronomic heritage of different geographical areas. Corema album (L.) D. Don is an endemic species of the dune systems of the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The aerial parts of Corema album are a source of nutrients and antioxidants. The Corema album white berry (Portuguese crowberry) is rich in calcium, iron, and zinc. The plant also shows high phenolic content and antioxidant capacity associated with the leaves, fruit, and flowers. The presence of organic acids, namely phenolic acids, such as hydroxycinnamic acids, and long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) omega-3 and omega-6 has also been confirmed. Toxicity studies evaluated by cell viability tests with human intestinal epithelium model cells (Caco-2) have shown that, at low concentrations, plant extracts may present beneficial effects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number128732
JournalFood Chemistry
Volume345
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2021

Keywords

  • Antioxidant capacity
  • Caco-2 cells
  • Corema album
  • Mineral content
  • Organic acids
  • White berries
  • Wild edible plants

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