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CLEMENT, Charles R; SANTOS, Lenoir A  e  ANDRADE, Jerusa S. Conservation of pcjibaye heart-of-Palm in modified atmosphere. Acta Amaz. [online]. 1999, vol.29, n.3, pp.437-437. ISSN 0044-5967.

The market for pejibaye (Bactris gasipaes) heart-of-palm is expanding rapidly in Brazil and is starting to differentiate into various market niches, including a fresh product niche. Conservation of ready-to-use, minimally processed fresh heart is difficult and requires research on refrigeration and modified atmosphere to enhance shelf-life. The sensory characteristics of fresh heart-of-palm were evaluated during its storage in polyethylene bags under refrigeration with and without an oxygen absorber. Texture, crispness, fiber, humidity, astringency and acridity remained acceptable until the end of the trial at 25 days, although each was extremely variable from day to day, probably due to within-package genotype variation. Color, appearance, sweetness and sourness remained acceptable for 14 days and deteriorated from the 18th day on. Sourness increased significantly (p = 0.02) in the treatment with reduced oxygen, especially after the 18th day and was the most objectionable characteristic. The use of oxygen absorbent did not significantly improve the shelf-life of fresh heart-of-palm, although the use of polyethylene may have reduced the efficiency of the absorbent.

Palavras-chave : Bactris gasipaes; fresh heart-of-palm; shelf life; oxygen absorber; sensory evaluation.

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