STUDY OF CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND MICROBIOLOGICAL CONTAMINATION OF CHAMOMILE TEA
The chemical and microbiological investigations were carried out on the samples of commercial chamomile tea, during 18 months, stored in warehouse. The essential oil content ranged from 0.24 to 0.50%. The main compound in all samples was bisabolol oxide A (33.46–48.48%). The amount of (-)--bisabolol, bisabolol oxide B, bisabolon oxide, farnesene, spathulenol, chamazulene as well as en-in-dicycloether were determined too. Total bacteria count ranged from 4.0x104 - 4.6 x 106/ g d.m. Dominant bacteria belong to Bacillus genus, but also the genus Micrococcus and Staphylococcus were found. Escherichia coli as pathogenic bacteria was detected. The content of fungi and yeast were determined.
Mimica-Dukic, N., Pavkov, R., Lukic, V. and Gasic, O. (1993). STUDY OF CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND MICROBIOLOGICAL CONTAMINATION OF CHAMOMILE TEA. Acta Hortic. 333, 137-142
Chamomile, essential oil, bisaboloids, bacteria, fungi, yeast storage