Fruit Peel Waste:Characterization and its Potential Uses

This study reports the physicochemical and surface characteristics of the following fruit peels: banana, orange, citrus, lemon and jackfruit

Pranav D. Pathak; Sachin A. Mandavgane; Bhaskar D. Kulkarni


Scholarcy highlights

  • THE agro-climate of India is very diverse, encouraging the cultivation of numerous crops, including fruit trees, vegetables, ornamental plants, root tubers, medicinal herbs, aromatic plants, spices and plantation crops
  • Carbon and nitrogen are present in high amounts in fruit peels, making them good substrates for enzymatic process
  • Surface charges indicate that orange peel, Citrus peel, lemon peel, and jackfruit peels have larger number of acidic sites and can be used as an adsorbent of cationic moieties
  • Results of thermal analysis indicate that a majority of weight loss occurs in the range of 150 –400 C, which is mainly due to decomposition of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin
  • FP is a valuable source of bioactive compounds, which can be converted into value-added products
  • We have discussed the utilization of FP as a substrate to bioactive compounds, phenolic antioxidants, organic acids, enzymes, biofertilizer, energy production and adsorbents

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