Evaluation of biogenic amines and nitrate in raw and pickled jurubeba (Solanum paniculatum L.) fruit

  • Mônica Bartira da Silva
  • Luan Fernando Ormond Sobreira Rodrigues
  • Gean Charles Monteiro
  • Giovana Rafaela Stelzer Monar
  • Hector Alonzo Gomez Gomez
  • Santino Seabra Junior
  • Igor Otavio Minatel
  • Giuseppina Pace Pereira LimaEmail author
Original Article


The presence of biogenic amines, such as histamine and tyramine, in pickled food can cause health problems, such as allergies. However, other bioactive amines may be present and can induce some diseases. Some biogenic amines can react with nitrate and form nitrosamines, compounds harmful to human health. In this research, we qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated some biogenic amines and nitrate content in jurubeba preserved in oil or vinegar. The fruits were obtained from cultivated plants, or wild plants, or they were purchased from market. Jurubeba fruit was analyzed raw and after cooking. After thermal processing, the fruits were preserved in soybean oil or vinegar and were evaluated after 1 h and at 30, 60 and 90 days of storage. Variations in the contents of biogenic amine were found depending on the place from which the fruits were obtained, as well as depending on the type of preservative and time of storage. The nitrate levels did not exceed the established limits, mainly when preserved in vinegar, which also showed the lowest levels of biogenic amines.


Cooking Polyamines Nitrate Solanaceae Shelf-life UPLC 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) for financial support of this work (Grant Nos. 2013/05644-3, 2016/22665-2) and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq, Brazil) (Grant Nos. 478372/2013-2, 305177/2015-0).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mônica Bartira da Silva
    • 1
  • Luan Fernando Ormond Sobreira Rodrigues
    • 2
  • Gean Charles Monteiro
    • 2
  • Giovana Rafaela Stelzer Monar
    • 1
  • Hector Alonzo Gomez Gomez
    • 3
  • Santino Seabra Junior
    • 4
  • Igor Otavio Minatel
    • 1
  • Giuseppina Pace Pereira Lima
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Institute of BioscienceSão Paulo State University (UNESP)BotucatuBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Horticulture, School of AgricultureSao Paulo State University (UNESP)BotucatuBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Food TechnologyUniversidad Nacional de AgriculturaBarrio El Espino, CatacamasHonduras
  4. 4.Department of Agricultural EngineeringSate University of Mato Grosso (UNEMAT)Nova MutumBrazil

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