Identification of three triterpenoids in almond hulls

J Agric Food Chem. 2000 Aug;48(8):3437-9. doi: 10.1021/jf9908289.


Three triterpenoids, betulinic acid, oleanolic acid, and ursolic acid, were isolated as their methyl esters (treatment with diazomethane) from diethyl ether extracts of almond hulls (Nonpareil variety) using flash chromatography and preparative high-performance liquid chromatography. The triterpenoids, which comprised approximately 1% of the hulls, were characterized using chromatographic and spectroscopic methods. These studies demonstrate that almond hulls are a rich source of these triterpenoids, which have reported anti-inflammatory, anti-HIV, and anti-cancer activities.

MeSH terms

  • Chromatography, Gas
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Nuts / chemistry*
  • Triterpenes / chemistry*


  • Triterpenes