Michigan State University
A sample of candlenut oil extracted from kernels of Ceylon nuts contained saturated acids 5.0, oleic acid 28.6, linoleic acid 42.6, and linolenic acid 23.8, calculated as percentages of the total acids by the usual Kaufmann method from the iodine and thiocyanogen values and a lead salt separation of the saturated acids. These figures are in good agreement with those recorded by Jamieson and McKinney for a sample from the Philippines. A review of the literature shows that lumbang or candlenut oils from a variety of sources show similar ranges for iodine values, saponification values and other properties, and are probably all to be ascribed to the species Aleurites moluccana (Linn.) Willd. Unlike those of A. fordii, A. montana and A. trisperma, the oil contains no elaeostearic acid. © 1941 American Oil Chemists' Society.