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Journal of Food Quality
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 4193672, 10 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/4193672
Research Article

Influence of Roasting on Sensory, Antioxidant, Aromas, and Physicochemical Properties of Carob Pod Powder (Ceratonia siliqua L.)

1Laboratoire Produits Naturels (LAPRONA), Université de Tlemcen, 13000 Tlemcen, Algeria
2INRA, UMR408, GREEN Extraction Team, Université d’Avignon, 84000 Avignon, France

Correspondence should be addressed to Ikram Boublenza and Farid Chemat

Received 8 June 2017; Revised 28 July 2017; Accepted 17 August 2017; Published 11 October 2017

Academic Editor: Daming Fan

Copyright © 2017 Ikram Boublenza et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The main objective of this research was to compare physicochemical parameters, antioxidant activity, lipid composition, and sensory analysis of initial and roasted carob pod powder (Ceratonia siliqua L.) obtained at different roasting temperatures. The roasted products became darker and the average moisture content, water activity, oil content, and sweetness values decreased at higher temperatures. Total polyphenol content and antioxidant activity increased with increasing roasted temperature. Oleic acid, linoleic acid, and palmitic acid were the main fatty acids present in carob oil. Results showed that the roasted carob pod powders are sweeter, have more caramel-like taste, and have more cacao-like aroma at lower roasting temperatures but have more astringent taste, coffee-like aroma, and roasted aroma at higher roasting temperatures.

1. Introduction

Ceratonia siliqua L. (carob) is an evergreen tree belonging to the Caesalpinioideae subfamily of Leguminosae family [16]. The scientific name of carob tree derives from Greek keras, horn and Latin siliqua, indicating the hardness and shape of the pod. It is also known as St. John’s bread with reference to its presumed use by St. John the Baptist [7]. The centre of origin of C. siliqua carob pod powder was recognized in the eastern Mediterranean region (Turkey and Syria). The Greeks introduced carob in some European countries, like Greece and Italy, and the Arabs spread it along the North African coast and north into Spain and Portugal [8].

Carob was spread in recent times to other Mediterranean-like regions such as California, Arizona, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina by Spaniards, to parts of Australia by Mediterranean emigrants and to South Africa and India [9, 10]. Carob has been used for over 4000 years as feed and food, especially in times of food shortage, mainly due to its sugary pulp [1113]. Carob kibbles are traditionally used to make a boiled juice product, named “pekmez,” which is mainly consumed in Turkey [1417]. About 8 percent of the high cholesterol sufferers know and use carob in Turkey. They usually mash the carob kibbles and eat it either with yogurt or raw, in order to lower their cholesterol [18]. In the Middle East, carob is usually well known among people as purgative, antidiarrheal, and antiulcer. It is also used to treat mouth inflammation and tonic in this area (Jaradat) [19]. Lev and Amar [20] reported that, in Kingdom of Jordan, the carob kibble is known as stomach strengthener and phlegm clearer; the carob jam is also used for tongue sores and stomachache treatments and the seed is usually used as purgative and toothache calmative. Some researchers have also reported carob uses for its therapeutic virtues as diuretic, antidiarrheal, antitussive, and warts remover [2123]. Today, the world carob fruit production is estimated at 315000 tons per year [24]. In Algeria, the most carob trees are wild and grow in north and northwest of the country. The annual production of carob attains 3000 tons per year [10]. Local farmers manually do the harvesting of the whole fruits at the end of the summer from August to October.

Ripe carob pod is brown and contains 10–20% of carob kernels or seeds and 80–90% of carob kibbles [4, 9, 25, 26]. The seeds, surrounded by a brown coat, contain a white and translucent endosperm (also called carob gum, locust bean gum (LBG), or E410) and the yellow germ which is recovered as the byproduct of the seed processing [26, 27]. Locust bean gum is widely used in the food industry as thickening and stabilizing agent in food preparations because of its ability to form viscous solution at relatively low concentration. It is also used in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, textile, paper, petroleum, paint, oil drilling, and construction industries [10, 13, 27, 28]. Carob germ flour is used as dietetic human food or as a potential ingredient in cereal-derived foods for celiac people [29]. Carob kibbles can be used raw, usually for animal feeding, or roasted, in food industry [10, 11, 14]. They are also used to extract sugars for making syrup or bioethanol [17, 3032]. The biological activities of the fruit of carob tree are mainly related to the inositol and the polyphenols present in the kibble, galactomannan in the endosperm, and protein content in the germ of kernel of this fruit [10, 26, 27, 33].

In recent years, carob pulp which is a byproduct is becoming more popular for its organoleptic properties, aroma, color, and taste, and also for its dietary quality. Having a cocoa-like aroma of roasted carob, carob pulp is mainly roasted and grinded to powder to be used as cocoa substitute. Unlike cocoa powder, carob is free from the two stimulants caffeine and theobromine [14, 34]. Besides this, carob contains a high amount of sugar, mostly sucrose, and it is also rich in dietary fibers and poor in protein and fat; therefore it has less energy value than cocoa [24, 35]. Carob powder contains daily nutritional amount of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron [15, 36]. It is reported that carob comprises a high amount of pinitol, which has beneficial effects on human health, such as the regulation of blood glucose levels and reduction of hyperlipidemia and inflammation [37, 38]. Containing a large amount of bioactive compounds, carob kibble has shown good antioxidant activities [2, 10, 39, 40], anticancer and antiproliferation effects [41], antidiabetic effect [42, 43], cholesterol lowering effect [44, 45], and antimicrobial effects [23] and it has positive effects on cardiovascular diseases [42, 46].

The objective of this work is valorization of carob pulp, which is a byproduct of processing carob to get seeds for carob gum, into roasted carob powders which could be used directly or as a raw material for producing aromas. This global study aims to compare physicochemical parameters, antioxidant activity, lipid composition, sensory analysis of initial and roasted carob powders obtained at different roasted temperatures. This study will permit investigating the possible synergistic effects of the mentioned parameters on final roasted carob powder.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Sample

Ripe carob pods were harvested from Tlemcen region, west Algeria. The fruits were cleaned, mixed, and crushed and the seeds were removed. Then, the carob kibbles were roasted at different time/temperature conditions in an artisanal roaster (Figure 1). Grinding roasted carob in grinder was followed by sieving powders at granulation less than 100 µ, which was the ultimate operation for preparing samples to be analyzed. The initial grinded carob pulp, C0, was just dried at 110°C. The roasted carobs C1, C2, and C3 have been roasted consecutively at temperatures 110°C, 130°C, and 150°C.

Figure 1: Roasting process of carob pulp.
2.2. Moisture Analysis

To determine the moisture, an aluminum cup was filled with about 1 g of extract and placed in an infrared balance (Sartorius MA 150, France), which is based on the thermogravimetric principle. In the beginning, the initial weight of the sample was recorded and afterwards, the sample was dried using an infrared lamp. An integrated balance measured the weight of the aluminum cup, continuously. The overall weight loss was interpreted as the corresponding humidity.

2.3. Water Activity Analysis

The aw value was measured using the VSA (Vapor Sorption Analyser, AQUALAB, France). 300 mg of powder was placed in an inox cup, which was then introduced into the device, and the aw was determined by using a chilled-mirror dew point sensor. The dew point is defined as the temperature at which the air is saturated with water and begins to form droplets. The mirror was cooled until the dew was formed, which was detected by a photodetector. A temperature sensor was used to determine the dew point, with which the device was then able to deduce the water activity of the sample.

2.4. pH Evaluation

After calibration of the pH meter Hanna HI2002, the pH samples of different powders were measured in triplicate. The concentration of each solution was at 10% m/v.

2.5. Color Assessment

The color of the products was measured using the Chromameter Konica Minolta CR-410 system, which is a simplified mathematical approximation to a uniform color space, composed of perceived color differences. Any color represented in the rectangular coordinate system of axes , , and can alternatively be expressed in terms of polar coordinates with the perceived lightness and the psychometric correlate of chroma as shown in the equation [47, 48]: . Three measurements were made for each powder preparation and the mean value was reported. The results were expressed in . Detailed analysis has been explained and detailed in our previous publication (Pingret et al. 2011) [47].

2.6. Total Sugars Analysis and Sucrose, Glucose, and Fructose Analysis

The phenol-sulphuric acid method known by Dubois method was used to evaluate total sugars of unroasted carob and different roasted powders. Five grams of each powder was mixed with 50 mL of water with Ultra-Turrax and then passed to centrifugation. The supernatant was transferred into tubes by PIPETMAN to avoid any floating particles and diluted at 1/500 to obtain the adequate values comparing to the standards of glucose values. 2 mL of diluted solution was put in tube containing 1 mL of phenol 5% and then, 5 mL of concentrate sulphuric acid was added and left in water bath at 25–30°C for 20 min. These tubes were immediately cooled at 20°C with tap water. The absorbance was measured at 485 nm with spectrophotometer Jenway 700 against the blanks. Phenol correction was done against a solution containing 2 mL of water added by 1 ml of phenol 5% and 5 mL of sulphuric acid. The glucose assay was also prepared with the known concentrations from 0,025 g/L to 0,1 g/L. A standard curve of corresponding absorbance was drawn.

An enzymatic method was used to determine biochemically different sugars, like sucrose, glucose, and fructose with enzymatic kits (Biosentec, France).

The concentration of D-glucose/D-fructose/sucrose in the sample, used in the assay procedure, had to be between 0.05 and 0.8 g/L, wavelength 340 nm, optical path 1 cm, and temperature 20–37°C.

2.7. Total Ash Content Assay

Three grams of each sample was weighted in crucibles which has to be preashed and was put in muffle furnace at 550°C for 5 hours. After incineration, the crucibles were left in desiccator for 30 mn and then weighed. The content of total ash is calculated as percentage relative to dry matter.

2.8. Polyphenol Content Assay

Five grams of each powder was mixed with 2 times 50 mL of methanol/water (80/20) with Ultra-Turrax for 7 min and then passed to centrifugation. The supernatant was transferred into the flasks and completed at 100 mL. The total phenolic content was evaluated by using the Folin-Ciocalteu method. Twenty microliters of the extract was mixed with 100 µL 1 : 10 diluted Folin-Ciocalteu reagent and 80 µL sodium carbonate solution (75 g/L) in wells of 96-well microplate. After 1 h of remaining in the darkness and at room temperature, the absorbance was measured at 740 nm in the microplate reader. Gallic acid monohydrate (1.05–21 mg/100 mL) was used as the standard for the calibration and the construction of a linear regression line and water as blank; the total phenolic content was calculated as gallic acid equivalents in mg/L or g/100 g of matrix. Polyphenols quantification was performed in triplicate.

2.9. DPPH Radical Scavenging

The radical scavenging activity of extract was evaluated by a modified version of the method, proposed by Brand and Williams, converted into micro method. More specifically, a stock methanolic solution (10 mg/mL) of each extract was diluted to prepare the samples, ranging from 20 to 0.625 µg/mL and then, 50 µL of each sample was pipetted into 96-well plates in triplicate and was assessed in every well 50 µL of DPPH solution (0.5 mM in methanol). Plates were placed in dark for 40 min at room temperature and then the absorbance was measured at 510 nm. The results were plotted as the percentage of remaining DPPH (% I DPPH) against the concentration (µg/mL) of the added samples.where sample = absorbance of the sample and blank = absorbance of the blank.

Results are expressed as inhibitory concentration (IC50) which corresponds to extract concentration (µg/mL) or g/100 g of matrix, required to quench 50% of the initial DPPH radicals under the given experimental conditions.

2.10. Conventional Soxhlet Extraction (CSE)

For CSE, 100 g of carob was placed in the extraction chamber of a Soxhlet apparatus (125 mL capacity). The cellulose thimble was plugged with cotton in order to avoid transfer of sample particles in the distillation flask. The Soxhlet apparatus, fitted with a condenser, was placed on a 2000 mL boiling flask, containing 1000 mL of solvent. Extraction was performed using a solid to liquid ratio of 1 to 10 (m/v), for 8 hours. After extraction, the extract was concentrated until being dried by solvent evaporation under vacuum (Laborota 4001, Heidolph, Germany) and finally, it was conserved at 4°C before analysis. Detailed analysis has been explained and detailed in our previous publication (Meullemiestre et al. 2016) [49].

2.11. Lipid Analysis Composition

Lipid classes in oil extract were determined by high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC), using two different development chromatography methods to separate polar and neutral classes. Lipids were quantified by a CAMAG 3 TLC scanning densitometer (CAMAG, Muttenz, Switzerland) with identification of the classes against the known polar and neutral lipid standards. Lipid classes of each carob extract were identified and quantified against those of corresponding lipid standards. Detailed analysis has been explained and detailed in our previous publication Meullemiestre et al. 2016 [49].

2.12. Preparation of Fatty Acids Methyl Esters (FAMEs)

FAMEs were prepared from the lipid extract, using acid-catalyzed transmethylation. 1 mL of methanolic sulphuric acid (5%) solution was added to a specific amount of extracted carob oil. Triheptadecanoin (C17:0 TAG) was used as internal standard. Detailed analysis has been explained and detailed in our previous publication (Meullemiestre et al.) 2016 [49].

2.13. FAMEs Analysis

Fatty acids methyl esters were separated, identified, and quantified by gas chromatography, coupled with flame ionization detector (GC-FID). The instrument Agilent (Kyoto, Japan) was equipped with a BD-EN14103 capillary column 30 m × 320 μm × 0.25 μm (Agilent). FAMEs were identified by retention time and comparison with purified FAME standards (Sigma Co., USA). Detailed analysis has been explained and detailed in our previous publication (Meullemiestre et al.) 2016 [49].

2.14. Sensory Analysis

Sensory analyses were conducted by a panel consisting of 18 graduate students from the University of Avignon, France. The subjects were seated in sensory booths with appropriate ventilation and lighting. The samples were presented to each panelist on white polystyrene plates. Subjects were instructed to place the stimuli on the tongue and rub the tongue against the palate. Tap water was supplied to the panelists for rinsing between samples. The following attributes were evaluated for the three products: roasted aroma, cacao aroma, sweet taste, astringent taste, and caramelised taste. For overall quality, the scale range was from 0 to 10. On this scale, a score of 0 represented the weakest attribute and a score of 10 represented the strongest one. Detailed analysis has been explained and detailed in our previous publication (Pingret et al. 2011) [47].

3. Results and Discussion

By roasting the carob pulp under different conditions of roasting time-roasting temperature combinations, the obtained product can have different specifications such as modulated color, aroma, and taste. Studying the effects of these parameters and the physicochemical ones allows the food industries to control the process for obtaining the best products.

Roasting has been done at different temperatures for the same processing time (20 min) to obtain different products in terms of color, aroma, and taste. The initial grinded carob pulp, C0, was just dried at 110°C to obtain the first product, C1, which has a lighter color and the specific initial carob odour. At 130°C, carob sugars undergo the Maillard reaction and the caramelisation, producing a new product, C2, which is obviously different from the unroasted one. Roasting at high temperature (150°C), the last product, C3, was completely dark as a result of producing brown pigments. The overall experimental plan is shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: Multidisciplinary study of roasting carob pulp.
3.1. Comparison of Physiochemical Properties of Carob at Different Roasting Temperatures

Different parameters as moisture, water activity, total sugars, and different sugars as sucrose, glucose, and fructose have decreased when the temperature of roasting increases. The results are shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Physicochemical characterization of initial and roasted carob pod powder.

The average moisture content of nonroasted carob powder samples was determined as 9% which reduced to 6.3%, 4.3%, and 3.5% after 20 min of roasting at 110°C, 130°C, and 150°C, respectively. These values are intermediate between carob moisture values of Sahin et al. 2009 [50] and the values reported by Vitali Cepo et al. 2014 [51]. This can be due to the fruit variety and also to ripening stage when harvested. C1 has been dried and the water activity has decreased so much regarding C0. C2 and C3 have approximated values of moisture and water activity due to the maximal evaporation of water. Reduction in the moisture content allows an easier milling and can extend the shelf-life of the carob powder as explained by Iipumbu [7]. In Table 1, it was also observed that water activity decreased as the roasting temperature increased as revealed by Yousif and Alghzawi 2000 [14]. The aw value (water activity), important parameter in browning reactions, gives information about chemical, physical, and microbiological product quality. Sahin et al., 2009 [50], have reported that pH decreases gradually with increasing temperature after 20 mn. pH value of the different samples decreases slowly when increasing roasting because of the caramelisation reaction releasing acidity, making the solution sour, and also the Maillard reaction products (MRP) [52].

Maillard reaction requires temperatures superior to 50°C and it is favoured when pH is around 4–7 while caramelisation proceeds at temperatures superior to 120°C and pH between 3 and 9 [52]. Unroasted carob undergoes drying with Maillard reaction at pH 5.5 at 110°C to obtain C1, when C2 and C3 have both caramelisation and Maillard reaction.

Carob is sweet product due to its content of total sugars; mostly sucrose, glucose, and fructose decrease more and more with the temperature and the time of roasting. Roasted carob C3 is less sweet than the natural carob. The ratio of individual sugars to total sugar in carob was similar in the three-roasted carob. The sweetness values decreased as the roasting temperature increased. Heating sucrose in concentrated solution at high temperature leads to hydrolysis and production of fructose and glucose. These components participate in different reactions of caramelisation to form stable 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) [53]. The Maillard reaction is triggered between glucose and an amino acid and a multitude of reactions causing the formation of MRPs as furfurals, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), and final products, melanoidins (brown nitrogenous pigments) [54]. At 110°C, C0 is dried and the reaction of Maillard begins at the first five minutes. At 130°C and 150°C, raw carob undergoes Maillard and caramelisation reaction causing brown pigments giving specific color to each product. Little increase of minerals content in the four products is due to the calculation of the content to the dry matter.

3.2. Comparison of Antioxidant Properties of Carob at Different Roasting Temperatures

Phenolic compounds are of high interest as alternative for synthetic antioxidant to prevent lipid peroxidation in food products. Total polyphenol content (TPC) extracted from carob powder by Ultra-Turrax ( mL, 80% methanol,  min) is shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Total polyphenol content (TPC).

The obtained TPC increased by increasing the roasting temperature of 110°C, 130°C, and 150°C, respectively. C0 contains 0.51% a percentage in concordance with Sahin et al. 2009 [50]. Phenolic content, obtained from soluble fraction, increases with increasing temperature as revealed by Vitali Cepo et al. 2014 [51] clearly indicating that, during roasting, polyphenols are released from certain polymers making them available for absorption. They also have shown that, after prolonged roasting longer than 15 min at 150°C or 30 mn at 130°C, the increase of the total polyphenolic compounds in soluble fraction and antioxidant activity is stopped. C1, C2, and C3 have been roasted at 110°C, 130°C, and 150°C, respectively, during 20 mn; it could be the necessary time for obtaining the higher amount of polyphenols.

The antioxidant potential of the extracts is shown in Figure 4. The DPPH tests provided information about the activities of the compounds with stable free radicals; DPPH effect was assumed to be due to their hydrogen donating ability. Higher IC50 values signify less antioxidant activity and vice versa.

Figure 4: IC50 values determined by the DPPH assay for carob extracts obtained by Ultra-Turrax.

Comparing TPC to AA (antioxidant activity) data obtained from the extracts, it can be observed that AA was proportional to TPC. A high antioxidant activity is expected to be caused by its high content in polyphenols. Sahin et al., 2009 [50], have investigated chemical changes of total phenolic content, total antioxidant activity, and browning index on different roasted carob powders; they reported that, during the roasting process, important chemical reactions including sugar caramelisation and Maillard reaction took place, which cause significant changes in product quality. Many studies have focused on the properties of Maillard reaction products (MRPs), particularly on the antioxidant activity of MRPs in food products.

Folin-Ciocalteu reagent detects all phenolic groups present in sample, containing the naturally occurring phenolic and also the newly formed compound during roasting process. MRPs with phenolic type structure can also be determined by the Folin method. The increase in the TPC of the carob powders could be explained by the formation of MRPs with phenolic type structures during the process. The increase in the antioxidant activity of carob with increasing roasting degree was attributed to Maillard reaction products (MRPs) formed during roasting of carob like roasting coffee [55].

Since no standardized method is available to evaluate the antioxidant capacity of plant extracts and numerous methods have been employed to estimate the antioxidant potential, in the present study, DPPH radical scavenging effect was used to assess the antioxidant activity of carob powder before and after roasting.

The antioxidant activity (AA) of the extracts is due to the presence of phenolic compounds [55]. The antioxidant activities of the extracts at different roasting temperatures were measured. According to the results, the extracts of the high roasting temperature, C3, had a higher antioxidant activity and a higher quantity of polyphenols. Maillard reaction and caramelisation products improve antioxidant activity due to the liberation of HMF and also for the formation of melanoidins [50]. Therefore, these results are in concordance with the results of Sahin et al. 2009 [50] and prove that antioxidant activity of the samples increases as the roasting temperature goes up. Time of roasting is an important parameter for controlling the antioxidant activity as shown by Sahin et al. [50, 51] which concluded that roasting carob at 130°C for 30 min can be proposed as the procedure of choice for obtaining carob powder with high antioxidant activity.

3.3. Comparison of Color of Carob at Different Roasting Temperatures

The different roasted carobs were also compared by their physical characteristics as color (Table 1). Heating sugars and sugar rich food causes reactions inducing color and flavour. C0 has lighter color than C1, and from 130°C, the color became brown and then darker brown than the initial color as presented in Figure 5. In their investigation, Vitali Cepo et al., 2014 [51], have revealed that the highest formation of brown pigments was noticed during the first five minutes of thermal treatment at different applied temperature.

Figure 5: Color assessment of initial and roasted carob pod powders.
3.4. Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Lipids Classes

Roasted and unroasted carob were extracted with hexane for 8 hours by Soxhlet extraction. The extracts were centrifuged and evaporated. The obtained oil was analyzed by high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) to gain the lipid classes. For obtaining fatty acid profiles, the gas chromatography coupled with a flame ionization detector (GC/FID) was used after transmethylation.

Carob oils were classified into two categories according to their polarities: neutral lipids and polar lipids. Carob oils tend to accumulate neutral lipids, including monoacylglycerol (MAG), diacylglycerol (DAG), triacylglycerol (TAG), free fatty acids (FFA), and alkyl chain. Using the high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC), neutral lipids of the extracted carob oils were separated and quantified. For all extracted carob oils, the distribution of the different lipid classes was obtained by the external calibration. To quantify the percentage of the lipid classes, four standards were used, including monoglycerides (MAG), diacylglycerol (DAG), triglycerides (TAG), and free fatty acids (FFA) (C18), and deposited on the HPTLC plate. As shown in Figure 6, MAG and TAG were not found in all extracts. DAG and FFA are the major components which is due to drastic conditions of drying and roasting which induce oxidation and hydrolysis of TAG to DAG and MAG [56].

Figure 6: Lipid composition.

As shown in Figure 6, lipid yields decrease as the roasting temperature increases; it is due to the oxidation induced by the high temperature and the formation of products when reacting with amino acids or proteins causing brown pigments, similar to melanoidins [7, 57]. Fatty acid profiles (Figure 6) show that oleic acid (C18:1), linoleic acid (C18:2n6), and palmitic acid (C16:0) were mainly present in carob oil and represented at least 90% of the total extract (about 50% of C18:1, 20% of C18:2n6, and 20% of C16:0). It was also observed that palmitoleic acid (C16:1) and stearic acid were in minor amounts. The detailed composition for each extract is reported in Figure 6. C0 contains 0,8% of lipids, a very good amount of fat compared to cocoa. By roasting, C1, C2, and C3 have less fat, 0,4%; carob powder can be the best dietary substitute of cocoa [10, 14].

3.5. Sensorial Tests

Roasted carob has potentialities to be a dietary replacement of cocoa due to its lower content in fat and its good content in dietary fiber [10]. Sensorial tests can predict the consumer feedback about an unknown product cocoa replacement.

The results of sensorial tests for the three carobs are correlated with their physical characteristics in Figure 7. The panelists found C1 to be sweeter due to its contents in sugars and mainly in sucrose which can induce reducing the added processing sugars in food industry, have more caramel-like taste, and have more cacao-like aroma than the other ones [14]. They also recognized the most astringent taste, coffee-like aroma, and roasted aroma in C3. They found that C2 has astringent taste and roasted aroma.

Figure 7: Sensorial analysis.

Berna et al. [33] recognized that the undesirable smell produced by isobutyric acid in carob can be reduced through roasting process and losing that compound and the higher loss of isobutyric acid will bring a higher sensory quality of the carob powder, which is a factor to consider when establishing the roasting time. The volatile fraction of carob bean pulp during a roasting process has been also analyzed by Cantalejo 1997 [58] and 137 components were identified. 91.4% of the identified compounds in raw carob contained acids, alcohols, and aldehydes; during the roasting process, the amount of these compounds decreased about 51.2% of the total compounds.

4. Conclusion

The effect of temperature on physicochemical parameters, antioxidant activity, lipid composition, and sensory analysis of unroasted and roasted carob powders were compared in this study. The initial carob powder (C0) was dried at 110°C (C1), 130°C (C2), and 150°C (C3) for the same processing time (20 min). The pH of the roasted products decrease just a little but the color of the products became darker, the average moisture content of C0 was reduced from 9% to 6.3% and 4.3% and 3.5%, and the water activity and the sweetness values decreased as the roasting temperature was increased. Total polyphenol content and the antioxidant activity which is due to the presence of the phenolic compounds, Maillard reaction, and caramelisation products increased by increasing the roasting temperature. Carob oil analysis showed that lipid yields decreased at higher roasting temperatures. They tended to accumulate neutral lipids, including monoacylglycerol, diacylglycerol, triacylglycerol, free fatty acids, and alkyl chain. Diacylglycerol and free fatty acids were the major components of all the extracted carob oils, with a decrease in the percentage of diacylglycerol and an increase in the percentage of free fatty acids as the roasting temperature increased. Fatty acid profiles showed that oleic acid, linoleic acid, and palmitic acid were mainly present in carob oil and represented at least 90% of the total extract. The panelists found C1 to be sweeter, have more caramel-like taste, and have more cacao-like aroma than the other ones and the most astringent taste, coffee-like aroma, and roasted aroma in C3. Roasted carob powder could be used as food ingredient in different kinds of food and also as dietary supplement.

Additional Points

Practical Applications. Carob pulp which was byproduct with little value is becoming a real raw material for food ingredients for its organoleptic properties, aroma, color, and taste, and also for its dietary quality. Having a cocoa-like aroma of roasted carob, carob pulp is mainly roasted and grinded to powder to be used as cocoa substitute. This study shows that by adding a food process such as roasting in the whole chain we could change a byproduct to raw material with high value for producing food ingredients. It is a real success story that could be applied for other products.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.

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