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Appl Microbiol. 1973 Aug;26(2):161-6.

Induction of Red Color Formation in Cabbage Juice by Lactobacillus brevis and Its Relationship to Pink Sauerkraut.

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Department of Food Science and Technology, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University, Geneva, New York 14456.

Abstract

Membrane-filtered cabbage juice, when fermented by Lactobacillus brevis under conditions of controlled pH, frequently produced a water-soluble red pigment. The pigment, presumably responsible for imparting a highly objectionable discoloration to sauerkraut, was formed during the post logarithmic phase of growth. Color development is pH dependent (5.2 to 6.3) and can be suppressed by chemical reductants or anaerobic conditions of growth. The compound responsible for discoloration was purified and partially characterized.

PMID:
16349964
PMCID:
PMC379744

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