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Pineapple Pulp



The Fruit

The Pineapple (Ananas cosmosus) is a large oval fruit about 12 inches long and is characterised by a very hard and scaly outer skin. The fruit is topped by a short stem from which grows a cluster of thin long leaves. The edible part of the fruit is a yellow and juicy fibrous mass, which is commonly cut into slices or cubes.


General Description



The Pineapple plant is a perennial herb with a short stem. It requires a fairly warm and humid climate to grow and today the pineapple is almost synonymous with the tropics. The product Pineapple Juice is obtained by the commercial processing of sound, mature and ripened pineapple possessing the characteristic flavour and colour of pineapple.

Applications



The Pineapple is commonly canned after fruit is cut into slices or cubes or is crushed and processed to form a juice and concentrate. It is used as a refreshing drink, and is used for bakery fillings, fruit meals of children, flavours for food Industry. It can also be used to make the most delicious ice cream, yoghurt, salads and desserts.


Specification of Pineapple Pulp
Physical, Chemical and Organoleptic Characteristics



    Pulp

T.S.S. ( Brix) Min 10
Acidity (% as C/A) Min 0.3
pH < 4.00
Brix Acid Ratio 33.3
Additives Nil
Pesticide residue Absent
Colour Light Yellow
Flavour Characteristic
Taste Characteristic


Microbial Characteristics



T.P.C. CFU/g < 50
Yeast CFU/g < 50
Mould CFU/g < 10


Average Composition of pulp (Per 100gm)


Edible Portion (%) 60.00
Moisture (gm) 87 .80
Protein (gm) 0.40
Fat (gm) 0.10
Minerals (gm) 0.40
Fibre (gm) 0.50
Carbohydrates (gm) 10.80
Energy (K.CaI) 46.00
Calcium (mg) 20.00
Phosphorus (mg) 9.00
Iron (mg) 1.20
Vitamin C (mg) 39.00
Vitamin B (mg) 0.13
Vitamin A (g) 18.00
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