Volume 2, 2019
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Chemistry - Applied Chemistry|
|Published online||11 February 2019|
Solar air drying for innovative Opuntia ficus-indica cladode dehydration
Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati, CNR, via U. La Malfa 153, 90146 Palermo, Italy
2 Bioinagro, via G. Garibaldi 225 E2, 92027 Licata, AG, Italy
3 via C. Giaquinto 14, 90135 Palermo, Italy
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 21 January 2019
Providing a case study of general applicability in all world's semi-arid regions where the plant is increasingly harvested, we describe the use and outcomes of solar air heating and ventilation coupled to a conventional kiln to dehydrate Opuntia ficus-indica cladodes. For the first time, the dried cladodes and the ground dehydrated ‘Nopal’ cladodes retain their natural green-yellow color. New applications to functionalize foodstuff and to formulate nutraceutical, personal care and cosmetic products of even higher efficacy and broader scope are anticipated.
Key words: Opuntia ficus-indica / Cladodes / Solar drying / Nopal / Bioeconomy
© R. Ciriminna et al., Published by EDP Sciences 2019
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