Extraction and characterization of high methoxyl pectin from Citrus maxima peels using different organic acids


The objective of this study was to determine the effects of citric acid, acetic acid and lactic acid on extraction yield, chemical structure and antioxidant capacities of high methoxyl pectins extracted from peels of different pomelo varieties. The pectins were extracted by mixing freeze-dried pomelo peels with organic acids (pH 3.0) at a ratio of 1:30 (w/v). The results indicate that extraction yields of pectin extracted using citric acid was the highest (6.5–9.0%), followed by that using acetic acid (6.2–8.2%) and lactic acid (6.1–8.0%). All extracted pectins were categorized as high methoxyl pectins with degrees of esterification of 51.1–62.7%. Galacturonic acid content of the extracted pectin using citric acid (76.5–85.0%) was significantly higher than that using acetic acid (65.1–68.2%) and lactic acid (60.4–65.8%). The antioxidant capacity of the pectins using citric acid and lactic acid was significantly higher than that using acetic acid. FT-IR results show that structures of the extracted pectins from peels of different pomelo varieties were different. As a result, the pure high methoxyl pectin could be produced from pomelo peel by-products under organic solvent extraction, a potential "green" extraction technique.

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This research is funded by Vietnam National University in HoChiMinh City (VNU-HCM) under Grant Number B2019-20-04.

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Van Hung, P., Anh, M.N.T., Hoa, P.N. et al. Extraction and characterization of high methoxyl pectin from Citrus maxima peels using different organic acids. Food Measure (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11694-020-00748-y

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  • Citrus
  • Pectin
  • Antioxidant
  • Pomelo peel