- Jun 30, 2021
- Temperate (all seasons)
Very helpful, thank you! I'm still a long way from even posting page one of this project, but my photography of various species is gradually increasing.Hi JP
Respect, I think acacia seeds are such an important potential food source.
I made some notes on the potential toxins in them a couple of years back when I was reviewing the research.
My understanding is many species were not eaten traditionally.
Some toxins have been found in the seeds of some species including:
Two toxic amino acids:
Protease (inc. trypsin and a-chymotrypsin) inhibitors (these prevent digestion of proteins and I think are likely present in all acacia seeds, but can be destroyed by cooking)
- djenkolic acid (this can lead to kidney failure, but so far in ones tested not at dangerous levels)
- S-carboxyethylcysteine and albizzine (these were found in non-dangerous quantities in some known edible species, affects the metabolism of the sulphur amino acids)
Non-protein amino acids in Australian acacia seed: Implications for food security and recommended processing methods to reduce djenkolic acidSeed of Australian acacia species, Acacia colei, Acacia elecantha, Acacia torulosa, Acacia turmida and Acacia saligna, were analysed for the presence …www.sciencedirect.comThis book identifies 47 Acacia species which have potential for cultivation in the southern semi-arid region of Australia as a source of seed for human consumption. Eighteen species are regarded as having the greatest potential. Botanical profiles are provided for these species, together with...books.google.com.au
Go well! Adam