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Quality evaluation of Indian bee (Apis cerana indica F.) honey in perception to enhance market potentiality

V. Krishnasree and Mary Ukkuru P.
Deparment of Homescience, College of Agriculture, Kerala Agricultural University, Trivandrum-695 522, Kerala, India.
krishna.sree372@gmail.com

Page Range:
243-246
Article ID:
DR-939
Online Published:
Abstract
The commonly cultivated honey from the Indian bees (Apis cerana indica F.) was selected in the raw unprocessed form to study its physicochemical characteristics and antioxidant property. Various physiochemical parameters like moisture, electrical conductivity, acidity, hydroxy methyl furfural content and sugar profile were analyzed and compared with the composition criteria of honey set by EU Directive. It was found that Indian bee honey has acceptable quality limits so that it can be upgraded to the European markets. The radical scavenging activity of honey tested using DPPH assay showed that its percentage radical scavenging activity was 95.55% at 500µg concentration (p
Keywords
Antioxidant activity, DPPH assay, Physicochemical characteristics.
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