Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
Residual pectin methylesterase activity (60% of initial activity) was present in cherry fruit stored 12 mo in brine. The specific activity of pectin methylesterase increased during the first 4 mo (195% of initial specific activity) but remained relatively stable thereafter. Methanol concentration increased (+144.5%) indicating that pectic substances underwent continuous demethylation during 12 mo storage. Pectin deesterification was probably of enzymatic origin since notable chemical deesterification occurred only at a pH lower than that found in fruit during storage. Residual pectin methylesterase activity introduces the possibility of improving fruit texture by manipulating physico-chemical conditions prior to blanching and candying.
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