Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 5, Issue 3&4,2007
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Effect of spoilage microorganisms on the physicochemical properties of African pear fruits oil


E. C. Nwanekezi 1*, R. A. Onyeagba 2

Recieved Date: 2007-04-17, Accepted Date: 2007-07-21


The microbial loads count of African pear fruits (APFs) stored after harvest increased astronomically in number as the time of storage was increased reaching the highest loads count on the 4th day before dropping. This in turn affected the chemical and some physical characteristics of the oils extracted from the pear fruits. The saponification value, iodine number, free fatty acids, peroxide values and unsaponifiable matter of the oils increased as the days of storage of APFs the oils were extracted from increased reaching their highest values on the 6th or more days of storage. Also the colour and impurities in the oils varied significantly (p<0.05) for oils extracted from APFs stored for 4 or more days when compared with the control sample (the oil extracted from freshly harvested pears). However, the storage of the APFs for up to eight days before oil extraction did not affect significantly their refractive index, viscosity and specific gravity when compared with the control oil sample.


African pear fruits oil, spoilage, microorganisms, biodegradation, physicochemical properties

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2007
Volume: 5
Issue: 3&4
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 90-93

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