Content of the flavonols quercetin, myricetin, and kaempferol in 25 edible berries

J Agric Food Chem. 1999 Jun;47(6):2274-9. doi: 10.1021/jf9811065.


The amounts of quercetin, myricetin, and kaempferol aglycons in 25 edible berries were analyzed by an optimized RP-HPLC method with UV detection and identified with diode array and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry detection. Sixteen species of cultivated berries and nine species of wild berries were collected in Finland in 1997. Quercetin was found in all berries, the contents being highest in bog whortleberry (158 mg/kg, fresh weight), lingonberry (74 and 146 mg/kg), cranberry (83 and 121 mg/kg), chokeberry (89 mg/kg), sweet rowan (85 mg/kg), rowanberry (63 mg/kg), sea buckthorn berry (62 mg/kg), and crowberry (53 and 56 mg/kg). Amounts between 14 and 142 mg/kg of myricetin were detected in cranberry, black currant, crowberry, bog whortleberry, blueberries, and bilberry. Kaempferol was detected only in gooseberries (16 and 19 mg/kg) and strawberries (5 and 8 mg/kg). Total contents of these flavonols (100-263 mg/kg) in cranberry, bog whortleberry, lingonberry, black currant, and crowberry were higher than those in the commonly consumed fruits or vegetables, except for onion, kale, and broccoli.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Flavonoids / analysis*
  • Fruit / chemistry*
  • Kaempferols*
  • Quercetin / analogs & derivatives*
  • Quercetin / analysis*
  • Species Specificity
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Secondary Ion


  • Flavonoids
  • Kaempferols
  • kaempferol
  • myricetin
  • Quercetin