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Food Chem. 2013 Jun 1;138(2-3):1648-56. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.11.063. Epub 2012 Nov 24.

Effects of blanching on polyphenol stability of innovative paste-like parsley (Petroselinum crispum (Mill.) Nym ex A. W. Hill) and marjoram (Origanum majorana L.) products.

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Hohenheim University, Institute of Food Science and Biotechnology, Chair Plant Foodstuff Technology, Garbenstrasse 25, D-70599 Stuttgart, Germany.


Fresh herbs were water- and steam-blanched at 90-100°C and 100°C, respectively, for 1-10 min and 30 s to 7 min for parsley and marjoram, respectively, and subsequently minced to obtain a paste. For the first time, phenolic compounds of unheated marjoram were characterised by high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS). Hereby, 10 phenolics were detected. Among them, apigenin-glucuronide, lucenin-2 and lithospermic acid were tentatively identified for the first time. In unheated parsley, apart from the major compound apiin, 10 further phenolics were characterised including several p-coumaric acid derivatives which were newly detected. Except for apiin, short-time steam- and water-blanching (1 min), respectively, did not cause significant losses of phenolic compounds, and thus proved to be the most suitable measures to ensure polyphenol retention. Consequently, blanching is a recommendable initial operation in the processing of parsley and marjoram into novel paste-like products.

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