[bpi.gov.ph][TERMINALIA CATAPPA Linn.]
Wehmer recorded that the seed contains 51.2 per cent fixed oil (called Catappa oil) with 54 percent olein, palmitin, and 16 per cent stearin.
[http://maxwellsci.com/print/ajfst/72-77.pdf] [Composition and Nutritional Properties of Seeds and Oil From Terminalia catappa L.]
Proximate analyses showed that the seed contained 4.13% moisture, 23.78% crude protein, 4.27% ash, 4.94% crude fiber, 51.80% fat, 16.02% carbohydrate and 548.78 Kcal Calorific value.
The seeds were found to be good sources of minerals. Potassium (9280 ± 0.14 mg/100g) was the highest, followed in descending order by Calcium (827.20±2.18 mg/100g), Magnesium (798.6 ± 0.32 mg/100g) and Sodium (27.89± 0.42 mg/100g).
The physical properties of the oil extracts showed the state to be liquid at room temperature. The oil was found to contain high levels of unsaturated fatty acids, especially oleic (up to 31. 48%) and linoleic (up to 28.93%).
Terminalia catappa oil can be classified in the oleic-linoleic acid group. The dominant saturated acids were palmitic (up to 35.96%) and stearic (up to 4.13%). The oil extracts exhibited good physicochemical properties and could be useful as edible oils and for industrial applications.
[Studies of Terminalia catappa L. oil: Characterization and biodiesel production] [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960852407009820]
The transesterified crude oil of talisay seed using a conventional catalyst and methanol to form biodiesel. The studied physicochemical properties of the talisay biodiesel are in acceptable range for use as biodiesel in diesel engines.
The seeds are used to treat sexual dysfunction or as aphrodisiac.