This fatty acid was discovered by Tsujimoto in 1933. α-Parinaric acid occurs naturally in the seeds of the makita tree (Parinarium laurinum), a
tree found in Fiji and other Pacific islands. Makita seeds are contain about 46% α-Parinaric acid, 34% α-eleostearic acid as major
component with lesser amount of saturated, oleic acid and linoleic acid.
α-Parinaric acid also found in the seed fat from Impatiens balsamina and