High Pressure Liquid Chromatography of Some Aromatic Compounds of Nutmeg and Carrots.
ALABAMA UNIV UNIVERSITY DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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The nutmeg tree, Myristica fragrans, is a tropical tree native to the islands of the East Indian archipelago. The fruit of the nutmeg tree resembles an apricot. When ripe, this fruit splits into two halves revealing a shiny brown seedcoat. Inside this shell is the seed, which is the nutmeg of commerce. Because of the development of high pressure liquid chromatography HPLC, it has now become possible to analyze the components of the nutmeg seed at room temperature and with reasonable speed. Using HPLC some aromatic compounds of the nutmeg seed are examined. Since myristicin, a compound present in nutmeg is also present in the carrot root, the HPLC spectrum of the aromatic fraction of carrot root is compared to that of the nutmeg oil.
- Organic Chemistry