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r&d applications R&D Applications Seminar PREPARED FOODS com Tropical Fruits and Flavor Considerations An essential element to a food or beverage product’s acceptability is its taste. Attendees of Prepared Foods’ R&D Application Seminars were provided information on tropical fruits as well as flavoring systems for various applications—from baked goods to reduced-salt formats to emerging ethnic cuisines. Here is a brief overview on sourdough powders and dairy flavors for enhanced cheese or other applications. Tropical Fruits and New Concepts in Dressings and Marinades Tropical fruits are appearing everywhere, with mango leading the way. Passion fruit, tamarind and papaya are not far behind, and the market is ripe for new exotic fruits. Most of these fruits have applications in beverages, desserts, bakery fillings and frostings, ice creams, sherbets, smoothies, marinades, dressings, gravies and sauces, according to two presentations, “New Concepts in Dressings and Marinades” and “Pomegranate: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (Red)!” given separately by Tony Cantu, senior R&D technologist, and Don Giampetro, vice president of sales, both of iTi Tropicals Inc. Mango, often known as the “King of Fruits,” has a unique flavor and is bursting with nutrients. It has an intense, sweet flavor; smooth, creamy texture; and prominent yellow to orange color. There are as many varieties of mango as there are applications. Mango, a rich source of beta-carotene, grows year-round in India, where the warm climate and diverse conditions make it possible. ISTOCKPHOTO Gac fruit is a seasonal fruit native to Vietnam. The ripe fruit is dark orange and contains 70 times the lycopene found in tomatoes and 10 times the beta-carotene in carrots. Coconut cream is made from the fleshy, edible meat of the coconut fruit. Coconut cream is sweet, with its distinct coconut flavor and buttery mouthfeel. It is a great taste substitute for dairy products in beverages and in desserts, gravies, soups and sauces. The Acerola cherry, also known as the Barbados cherry, is native to Brazil. Containing high amounts of vitamin C, it is a favorite in the Brazilian market, as popular as orange juice in North America. One application is as a vitamin C booster in beverages. Passion fruit is a unique tropical fruit from Ecuador that can fill a room with its fresh, citrusy fragrance. It has a high-impact flavor to match and is a major source of vitamin A. The pineapple is one of the best-known and most popular tropical fruits around the world. It is high in manganese and vitamin C, with a wide variety of applications. 126 September 2008 ●

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prepared Foods - September 2008

Prepared Foods - September 2008
Hitting the Shelves
Talk Soup
Why Kids Choose the Foods They Do
Oaxaca: Land of the Seven Moles
Flavor Secrets: A Touch of Garlic
On the National Menu
Emerging Healthy Ingredients: Staples to Stars
Formulating for Texture and Viscosity
R&D Applications Seminar: Tropical Fruits and Flavor Considerations
R&D Applications: The Fifth Taste
R&D Applications: Fiber Byproduct Adds Value
IFT Profile
Fast-tracking with Fiber-ful Grains
R&D Applications: Domestic New Superfruit

Prepared Foods - September 2008