Pomegranate Peel Powder as a Food Preservative in Fruit Salad: A Sustainable Approach

Valentina Lacivita, Anna Lucia Incoronato, Amalia Conte, Matteo Alessandro Del Nobile
2021 Foods  
This study aimed to assess the potential of pomegranate peel powder as a natural preservative. Its effects were tested on fruit salad quality decay during refrigerated storage. Nectarine and pineapple, equally portioned in polypropylene containers and covered with fructose syrup, were closed using a screw cap in air, with and without the addition of a by-product peel powder. Specifically, amounts of 2.5% and 5% (w/v) of pomegranate peel powder were put into each container. Both the
more » ... th the microbiological and sensory qualities of the fruit salad were monitored during storage at 5 °C for 28 days. The results demonstrated that the fruit salad with the by-products showed lower counts of total mesophilic bacteria, total psychrotrophic microorganisms, yeasts, and lactic acid bacteria compared to the control, thus confirming the recognized antimicrobial properties of pomegranate peel. The other interesting finding of this study is that the addition of the investigated by-product in fruit salad did not worsen the main sensory attributes of fresh-cut fruit. Therefore, these preliminary results suggest that pomegranate peel powder has potential applications as a natural preservative in the fresh-cut food sector.
doi:10.3390/foods10061359 fatcat:hw2sejbiwnavlemnybqem6iyei