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Physicochemical quality of honey from honeybees Apis mellifera produced in the State of Yucatan during different stages of the production process and blossoms Yolanda Beatriz Moguel Ordóń,,ez, Carlos Echazarreta Gonzalez, Rosalva Mora Escobedo
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An evaluation was done of the physicochemical quality characteristics of Apis mellifera honeys produced in the State of Yucatan, Mexico. Honey samples were collected during three handling stages (comb honey, delivered honey, export-ready honey) and from three main flowering periods (tajonal, tzitzilche and trees-vines). Evaluated physicochemical characteristics were: moisture, reduced sugars, sucrose, free acidity, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), diastase activity, invertase activity, and water insoluble solids (IS). All were analyzed following the techniques proposed by the European Honey Commission (EHC). A statistical analysis (ANOVA) was done to determine differences in quality between honeys from the three flowering periods and in the three handling stages. No significant differences (P>0.05) were found in moisture or reduced sugars between honeys in the different handling stages, though significant differences (P<0.05) were observed in sucrose, free acidity, diastase activity, invertase activity, HMF and IS. Significant differences (P<0.05) were also observed between flowering periods, with tajonal honey having the highest reduced sugars content (78.5 %), tzitzilche honey the highest HMF content (17.9 mg/kg) and tree-vines honey the highest moisture (19.2 %), sucrose (1.5 %), free acidity (31.3 mEq/kg), diastase activity (18.7 Schade units) and invertase activity (13.4). All honey samples met the EHC physicochemical quality standards for export of honey, though physicochemical quality was reduced due to heat exposure before and after honey harvest. http://
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Tec Pecu Mex 2005, 43(3): 323-334 Septiembre - Diciembre 2005
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Apis mellifera, Miel de abeja, Calidad, Características fisicoquímicas, Apis mellifera, Honey, Quality, Physicochemical characteristics. Download PDF file

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