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Improving nutritional properties of foodproducts: development of novel technologies to yield fresh and processed products extracted from pomegranate fruits.

Objective

The pomegranate fruit possesses unique characteristics both of nutritional and medical value. Despite its many advantages, it is currently a minor crop with limited marketability. The major obstacles to the realisation of the full potential of this unique fruit are the difficulties in mechanically retrieving the internal edible seeds. The current crude manual process of extracting the seeds is laborious and costly, and discourages potential consumers from buying the fruit. It is aimed by this project to develop:
- a mechanical system producing 500 kg/hour of clean and undamaged seeds. - a suitable Modified Atmosphere Packaging for the seeds, maintaining original quality for at least 6 weeks. and investigate:
- the application of pomegranate seeds in different foodstuffs. To reach this goals it will be necessary to work on the following aspects:
- automation and robotics for fruit sorting systems - investigation of the post-harvest physiology of pomegranates - identification of optimum package - study of the effect of inactivating the micro-organism and enzymes in pomegranate seeds - investigation of new approaches for utilising edible coatings

Funding Scheme

EAW - Exploratory awards

Coordinator

JURAN METAL WORK LTD
Address
23 Shmotkin St. Old Industrial Zone
75363 Rishon Le Zion
Israel

Participants (1)

AGRICULTURE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT SPA
Italy
Address
Blocco Palma 1 Contrada S. Orsola Z.i.
95030 Catania, Piano D'arci