Jackfruit Seeds to Substitute Cocoa Beans for Chocolate Production

Jackfruit Seeds to Substitute Cocoa Beans

Compounds from jackfruit bean were found to have similar aroma as processed cocoa beans, which can be a potential alternative for chocolate production.

Researchers from University of Sao Paulo in Brazil reported that Jackfruit seeds produce chocolate-like aromas, which could be potentially cheap and abundant substitute for making chocolates. The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in July 2017.

According to Cocoa Market report published by Coherent Market Insights, cocoa is extensively used in production of drinking chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet chocolate, baking chocolate, and milk chocolate. It contains high flavonoids concentration, which helps in reducing cardiovascular problems. These are the factors responsible for increasing demand for production globally. Farmers produce about 3.7 million tons of cocoa annually worldwide. According to the researchers, although the yield is not expected to increase significantly, estimates suggest that worldwide demand for these beans is expected to increase to 4.5 million tons by 2020. Scientists are investigating alternative sources that can mimic chocolates distinct aroma and flavor to meet the increasing demand for chocolate.

As a part of the study carried out, researchers made 27 different roasted jackfruit seed flours by acidifying or fermenting the seeds prior to drying. These flours were roasted for various times and temperatures using processes similar to those used to enhance the chocolate flavor of cocoa beans. Identification of several compounds from the jackfruit flours associated with chocolate aromas was done using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

The chocolate aroma of groups of four flours were ranked by a sensory panel and response surface methodology was used to identify optimum conditions. Volunteers were asked to smell the jack fruit seed flours and describe the aromas. The team found that in contrast to the acidified flours, the fermented ones were described as having more positive attributes such as caramel, hazelnut or fruity aromas. Researchers concluded that jackfruit seeds are capable of producing chocolate aromas and are a potential replacement for the aroma of cocoa powder or chocolate.

You may be interested

Closed MRI Systems Market – Latest Advancements & Market Outlook 2018 to 2026
Healthcare
Healthcare

Closed MRI Systems Market – Latest Advancements & Market Outlook 2018 to 2026

Pareesh Phulkar - May 21, 2018

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive medical test that uses powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed virtual image of internal organs…

Rising number of surgical procedures coupled with increasing trauma cases to foster global hemostasis & tissue sealing agents market
Healthcare
Healthcare

Rising number of surgical procedures coupled with increasing trauma cases to foster global hemostasis & tissue sealing agents market

Albert R - May 19, 2018

Hemostasis is a physiological processes, which maintains fluidity of blood by preventing blood loss from body. Hemostasis is characterized by clot formation by activating the natural coagulation…

Synovial Sarcoma Treatment Market Regional Insights
Healthcare
Healthcare

Synovial Sarcoma Treatment Market Regional Insights

Albert R - May 19, 2018

Synovial sarcoma consists of abnormal growth of soft-tissue. Synovial sarcoma is a rare type of cancer and is more prevalent in teenagers and young adults. Synovial sarcoma…

Most from this category