PROCESSING OF DEHYDRATED BANANA (MUSA ABB 'KLUAI NAMWA') AND MARKET STUDY IN NAN PROVINCE, THAILAND
Producers of local banana called Leung Nual belonging to Musa ABB cultivar Kluai Namwa in Nan province, north of Thailand, could add value to their produce and increase their income by selling processed banana. This study aimed to 1) develop the dehydrated banana product using a simple technology that can be acquired at household or community enterprise level and 2) conduct market test of the product. The pre-market survey of 200 consumers was conducted prior to product development to evaluate market potential and outline the marketing plan. The processing method was adapted from several literatures and thoroughly explored in the experiment. Green bananas were procured from a local farm and accelerated to ripen until they reached a desired stage indicated by peel colour. The whole peeled banana was dipped in the solution containing sodium chloride (4 and 5%) and citric acid (0.25 and 0.5%) for 10 and 20 min at a ratio 1:2 (w/v). The pre-treated samples were dehydrated in a commercial tray dryer at a specified condition until moisture content was less than 21% wb, which reflected water activity of less than 0.65. The sample that showed qualified characteristics by the sensory panelists was chosen for pilot production. Consumer opinion and recommendation for future development is discussed.
Somsong, P., Misala, P., Keeratisoontornwat, K., Inwan , M., Hempattarasuwan, P. and Duangmal, K. (2015). PROCESSING OF DEHYDRATED BANANA (MUSA ABB 'KLUAI NAMWA') AND MARKET STUDY IN NAN PROVINCE, THAILAND. Acta Hortic. 1088, 619-622
fruit processing, Leung Nual, market development, consumer acceptance