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General

  • Pectin is a long chain of pectic acid and pectinic acid molecules.
  • Pectin is available as white, yellowish, light greyish or light brownish powder.

  • Pectin is a heteropolysaccharide derived from the cell wall of higher terrestrial plants.
  • Pectin is a natural part of human diet, but does not contribute significantly to nutrition.

Production

  • Large-scale production of pectin contributes a lot to the complete process of juice production.
  • Penicillium griseoroseum used for Mycelial growth and production of extracellular pectin lyase at different concentrations of inducers.

Extraction

  • Pectin is a family of complex variable polysaccharides extracted from the primary cell wall of higher plants.

  • Pectin is a purified carbohydrate product obtained by aqueous extraction of appropriate edible plant material - usually citrus fruits or apples.
  • Amidated pectin is obtained from high ester pectin when ammonia is used in the alkaline deesterification process.
  • Commercial pectin is normally blended with sugars for standardization purposes.
  • Pectin was obtained from pilot scale extraction of fresh lime peel wastes

Application

  • Pectin has wide applications in a variety of food formulations as jellying and thickening agent.
  • Pectin is also being recommended for use as fat replacer.
  • Pectin is not digested, and is considered a beneficial dietary fiber.
  • Pectin is used as diluent or filler material in synthetic food colour preparations.
  • The pectin isolated from the juice of the inflorescence stalk of plantain (Musa sapientum) has been found to show significant hypoglycemic effect both in normoglycemic and alloxan diabetic rats.

Market

  • China's first 2000-ton standardized pectin production line making it the largest pectin production base in Asia.
  • Natraceutical currently produces 1,100 tonnes of pectin, composed of 128 distinct types, which represent 10 per cent of the group's income.
  • The 46.7 million German plant produces some 4,500 metric tonnes of pectin annually sold through the firm's international business.
  • The world market for pectin is worth $300m and is growing at 5% per annum.

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