Novel Extraction and Dehydration Technologies for Retention of Bioactive Compounds in Small Fruits
Current protocols used in small fruit processing industry need improvement to maximize the recovery of pigments and retention of bioactive compounds that contribute to human wellbeing. Microwave energy or power ultrasound may be used to improve extraction of anthocyanin pigments in small fruits prior to concentration or drying. The purpose of this project is to produce small fruit juice concentrates or powders with added value by applying novel extraction and drying methods. Investigation of novel strategies to enhance anthocyanin recovery and retention of antioxidants from small fruits will provide information needed to improve the processing protocols.