Food Science and Technology (Campinas)
Print version ISSN 0101-2061
FREITAS, Vitória Matos de et al. Stability of volatile profile and sensory properties of passion fruit juice during storage in glass bottles. Ciênc. Tecnol. Aliment. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.2, pp. 349-354. ISSN 0101-2061. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-20612011000200011.
This study aimed at assessing the stability of passion fruit juice in glass bottles during a 120-day storage period, regarding its volatile compounds profile and sensory properties (aroma and flavor). Samples were obtained from a Brazilian tropical juice industry (Fortaleza, Brazil) and submitted to sensory and chromatographic analyses. The characteristic aroma and flavor of passion fruit were evaluated by a trained panel with a non-structured scale of 9 cm. The headspace volatile compounds were isolated from the product by suction and trapped in Porapak Q, analyzed through high-resolution gas chromatography and identified through gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Twelve odoriferous compounds were monitored: ethyl butanoate, ethyl propanoate, 3-methyl-1-butanol, 3-methyl-2-butenol, (E)-3-hexenol, (Z)-3-hexenol, 3-methylbutyl acetate, benzaldehyde, ethyl hexanoate, hexyl acetate, limonene and furfural. The slight variations observed in the volatile profile were not enough to provoke significant changes in the characteristic aroma and flavor of the passion fruit juice.
Keywords : Passiflora; tropical juice; packaging material; volatile compounds; sensory analysis; storage.