Several under-utilized tropical fruits have exceptional micronutrients and phytochemical composition with the potential to contribute to the nutrition of people and also enhance food security. This study was carried out to evaluate the quality attributes and storage stability of juice blends of baobab (Adansonia digitata), pineapple (Ananas comosus), and black-plum (Syzygium cumini) fruits for use as functional beverages. Juice blends were analyzed for physicochemical, antioxidant, and sensory properties. Mineral compositions and storage stability of the pasteurized juice blends at 4 °C for 4 weeks were also investigated. Results showed that the vitamin C contents of individual juices synergistically contributed to the high values observed in the blends (317.45–414.51 mg/L). Juice blends of baobab, pineapple, and black-plum fruits are good sources of calcium (57–153 mg/L), magnesium (71–130 mg/L) and antioxidants (ascorbic acid, total polyphenol contents (65–104 mg GAE/100 mL), scavenging ability (105.97–359.71 μmol TE/100 mL), and reducing potential (1376–1829 μMFe2+ L) the consumption of which will promote human health. Blending enhanced the sensory qualities of the individual juices with improved taste and consumer acceptability. The juice blends kept well for two weeks at 4 °C though the color becomes less intense at the end of the storage period. These findings suggest that baobab-fruit pulp, pineapple, and black-plum fruits can be major ingredients in producing a consumer acceptable anti-oxidant rich functional beverage for optimal benefits to consumers.
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This work was supported by the Centre for Research, Agricultural Advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability (CREATES), and Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Arusha, Tanzania, through the fund provided by the World Bank.
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- Functional beverage
- Novel juice blend
- Underutilized fruits
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