Sicilian saffron is cultivated mainly in the province of Enna, although cultivation is spreading slowly throughout the region. Volatile constituents which are fundamental for saffron aroma were determined. A large number of volatile compounds were identified using HS–SPME and GC–MS. Safranal, safranal isomer, isophorones, α-cyclocitral, and β-cyclocitral were also quantified. A high amount of safranal resulted in the samples; moreover, of interest was the amount of safranal isomer and α-isophorone. The results allowed to consider Sicilian saffron of high commercial quality. It is an important source of bioactive compounds for the amount of safranal and related compounds, which are important for its aroma and relevant to human health too.

Bioactive volatiles in Sicilian (South Italy) saffron: safranal and its related compounds

CONDURSO, CONCETTA
Primo
;
CINCOTTA, FABRIZIO
;
VERZERA, Antonella
Ultimo
2017

Abstract

Sicilian saffron is cultivated mainly in the province of Enna, although cultivation is spreading slowly throughout the region. Volatile constituents which are fundamental for saffron aroma were determined. A large number of volatile compounds were identified using HS–SPME and GC–MS. Safranal, safranal isomer, isophorones, α-cyclocitral, and β-cyclocitral were also quantified. A high amount of safranal resulted in the samples; moreover, of interest was the amount of safranal isomer and α-isophorone. The results allowed to consider Sicilian saffron of high commercial quality. It is an important source of bioactive compounds for the amount of safranal and related compounds, which are important for its aroma and relevant to human health too.
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