Vol. 3, Issue 6 (2018)
Nutritional composition and quality evaluation of products prepared from wild apricot (Prunus armeniaca)
Author(s): Anita Kumari, YS Dhaliwal, Anupama Sandal, Sujata Pandit Sharma
Abstract: Underutilized/ minor fruits are the fruits which are neither cultivated nor grown in an organized farming system but they grow wildly. Wild apricot, an underutilized fruit of Himachal Pradesh was selected for the study. The fruit is cheap, highly nutritious and possesses great therapeutic value.Fruits are eaten by children and local people. The fruit is eaten in fresh as well as in dehydrated form. The aim of the study was to determine the nutritional composition and to develop food products (RTS beverage and chutney) from this fruit in combination with cultivated apricot fruit pulp in different ratios. The fruit contain good amounts of beta carotene, vitamin A and minerals. The TSS, acidity and reducing sugars in RTS beverage increased while pH, ascorbic acid and total sugars decreased with the increase of storage intervals. The prepared products were evaluated organoleptic ally to a panel of 10 members at different storage intervals and the products were acceptable even up to storage interval of 12 months at ambient conditions. The colour, taste, flavour and consistency of all the products were found to be good during storage interval of 12 months.
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