The carotenoid pigments of the ripe and unripe fruits of Asparagus officinalis were investigated by means of an HPLC technique. Capsanthin, capsorubin, capsanthin 5,6-epoxide, antheraxanthin, violaxanthin, neoxanthin, mutatoxanthin epimers, zeaxanthin, lutein, β-cryptoxanthin, β-carotene, and some cis isomers were found. Carotenoids with 3,5,6-trihydroxy and 3,6-epoxy β-end groups could not be detected.
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- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)