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Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 1–8 | Cite as

Effect of storage on dehydrated African breadfruit seeds (Treculia africana Decne)

  • M.N. Adindu
  • J.O. Williams
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Abstract

Dehydrated seeds of African breadfruit (12.97% moisture content) were packaged in commonly used storage containers - plastic buckets (air-tight), woven polyliene bags, jute bags and covered raffia baskets. Controls were left open in a raffia basket. The seeds were stored under ambient room conditions (mean temperature 28.07 °C; relative humidity (rh) 80.30%) for 6 months to determine seed durability for better understanding and handling. The mean moisture content, crude protein (N × 6.25), ether extract, ash and starch contents of the seeds were stable and did not differ (p > 0.01) in all the test containers at the end of storage. Tribolium casteneum observed as the seed's primary pest in storage was controlled hermetically in the plastic bucket. Proliferation of lipolytic and toxigenic molds associated with insufficient drying of stored seeds was common in all the containers. Further studies to determine ‘safe moisture’ content for storage of the seeds is required for better handling.

African breadfruit Dehydrated seeds Handling Packaging Storage 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M.N. Adindu
    • 1
  • J.O. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Nigerian Stored Products Research InstitutePort HarcourtNigeria

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