A method is described for the rapid extraction of pectic substances from alcohol insoluble solids (AIS) from material of plant origin, especially fruit. Samples of AIS can be prepared for galacturonic acid assay within 60 min using extraction with 0·5m HCl in a Fibertec-1 system (Tecator) for 30 min. The extraction conditions are carefully standardised and operator error is reduced by the elimination of transfer steps, particularly during filtration. The results obtained for plant-derived alcohol insoluble solids containing from 10% to 33% pectic substances were in close agreement with those obtained by enzymic hydrolysis using a commercially available enzyme preparation (Ultrazyme). The method will have application in the rapid, routine estimation of pectic substances in plant materials.
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- Food Science