Food Science and Technology (Campinas)
On-line version ISSN 1678-457X
AZEREDO, Maria Aparecida Alves; AZEREDO, Laerte da Cunha and DAMASCENO, Joelma Gonçalves. Physicochemical characteristics of the honeys from São Fidélis county-RJ. Ciênc. Tecnol. Aliment. [online]. 1999, vol.19, n.1, pp. 3-7. ISSN 1678-457X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-20611999000100003.
In accordance with the colour, the honey samples were divided in groups, stored in different conditions and analized according to the rules adopted by the Instituto Adolfo Lutz, Laboratório Nacional de Referência Animal e Official Analytical Chemists. The samples were packed in recipients of glass and polypropilene and they were stored at room temperature . A group of samples were stored at room luminosity while the other group was stored at room without natural light. Chemical analyses for moisture, pH, acidity, colour, reducing sugars and non-reducing sugars, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and the determinations for the index of Lugol, Lund, Fiehe and diastase were made for one year of storage. The results obtained show that the samples analyzed maintened their characteristics among the acceptable standards and that the producers have to be orientated how to use the techniques of packing and storing their honey samples for assuring the quality of their products.
Keywords : honey; apicultural; quality control.