Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 74, Issue 3, pp 443–445 | Cite as

Valorisation of Ginger and Turmeric Peels as Source of Natural Antioxidants

  • Federica Tinello
  • Anna LanteEmail author
Short Communication


The antioxidant activity of ginger and turmeric powders derived from freeze-dried rhizomes and peels as well as commercial spices has been evaluated by two spectrophotometric assays based on electron transfer such as DPPH and FRAP. The phenolic characterization has been also carried out by detecting total polyphenols through Folin-Ciocalteu method and HPLC analysing 6-gingerol and curcumin. Ginger and turmeric peels showed greater antioxidant activity than commercial powders because of their higher phenolic yields. Hence, ginger and turmeric peels can be considered a rich source of phytochemicals which contribute to the antioxidant effects of these agro-food wastes.


Antioxidant activity Bioactive compounds Peels Ginger Turmeric 



The authors gratefully thank Stefania Zannoni, Dr. Massimo Rizzo, and Dr. Melissa Mari for their technical assistance. This work was financially supported by Research Project DOR1617532 University of Padova.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals, and Environment – DAFNAE, AgripolisUniversity of PadovaLegnaroItaly

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