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Arbutus unedo L.: Chemical and Biological Properties

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IBB-Centro de Biotecnologia Vegetal, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade do Algarve Edif. 8, Campus de Gambelas, Faro 8005-139, Portugal
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IBB-Centro de Biomedicina Molecular e Estrutural, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade do Algarve, Edif. 8, Campus de Gambelas, Faro 8005-139, Portugal
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Molecules 2014, 19(10), 15799-15823; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules191015799
Received: 21 July 2014 / Revised: 22 September 2014 / Accepted: 22 September 2014 / Published: 30 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Natural Products Chemistry)
Arbutus unedo L. (strawberry tree) has a circum-Mediterranean distribution, being found in western, central and southern Europe, north-eastern Africa (excluding Egypt and Libya) and the Canary Islands and western Asia. Fruits of the strawberry tree are generally used for preparing alcoholic drinks (wines, liqueurs and brandies), jams, jellies and marmalades, and less frequently eaten as fresh fruit, despite their pleasing appearance. An overview of the chemical composition of different parts of the plant, strawberry tree honey and strawberry tree brandy will be presented. The biological properties of the different parts of A. unedo and strawberry tree honey will be also overviewed. View Full-Text
Keywords: strawberry tree; plant parts; chemical composition; biological properties; honey; brandy strawberry tree; plant parts; chemical composition; biological properties; honey; brandy
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Miguel, M.G.; Faleiro, M.L.; Guerreiro, A.C.; Antunes, M.D. Arbutus unedo L.: Chemical and Biological Properties. Molecules 2014, 19, 15799-15823.

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