, Volume 218, Issue 6, pp 521-524
Date: 17 Mar 2004

Antioxidant effect of dittany (Origanum dictamnus) in pre-cooked chicken meat balls during chill-storage in comparison to rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

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Dittany (Origanus dictamnus L.) has been compared with rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) as an antioxidant in pre-cooked meat balls made from chicken breast and added 0.50% salt during chill storage for up to ten days packed in atmospheric air. For an addition of 0.10% of dried leaves, dittany yielded protection of the product against oxidation a little less efficiently but comparable to dried rosemary added at the same concentration. For addition of 0.050%, dittany was less efficient than rosemary, while dittany at this concentration protected vitamin E against degradation in the product during storage even better than rosemary.