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Effect of Different Clarification Methods on Volatile Aroma Compound Composition of Virgin Olive Oil

Karolina Brkić Bubola1*orcid tiny, Marina Lukić1, Igor Lukić1orcid tiny and Olivera Koprivnjak2orcid tiny

1Institute of Agriculture and Tourism, K. Huguesa 8, 52440 Poreč, Croatia
2University of Rijeka, Faculty of Medicine, Braće Branchetta 20, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia


Article history:
Received: 5 June 2019
Accepted: 25 November 2019
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Key words:
industrial filtration, natural sedimentation and decantation, virgin olive oil, volatile compounds, sensory profile



This study investigates the effect of industrial scale filtration of fresh monovarietal virgin olive oil from Buža and Istarska bjelica cultivars on their volatiles, total phenols and sensory characteristics, and compares the oil samples clarified by filtration with those clarified by natural sedimentation/decantation after six months of storage. Filtration had a different effect on volatiles from the oil samples obtained from different cultivars. In the oil from Buža cultivar immediately after filtration only the amount of (Z)-2-pentenol slightly increased, but in Istarska bjelica the oil filtration affected eight compounds (the amount of hexanal, (E)-2-pentenal, (Z)-3-hexenal, (Z)-2-pentenol and (Z)-3-hexen-1-ol increased, while of hexyl acetate, (E)-2-penten-1-ol and (E)-2-hexen-1-ol decreased). In fresh filtered oil from Buža cultivar a slight decrease of total phenols was observed, while in those from Istarska bjelica the decrease was sharp, causing a decrease in the pungency and bitterness. Sedimentation/decantation had advantages over oil filtration of both cultivars, due to improved effect on the preservation of the sensory profile and the level of total phenols. Tentative aroma profiles based on odorant series obtained from the odour activity values were compared to the actual olive oil sensory profiles. These results could have a high level of applications in the olive oil industry for the optimization of the technology for obtaining monovarietal virgin olive oil with preserved specific and typical sensory characteristics, but also may serve experts to choose an appropriate virgin olive oil clarification method prior to analysis of volatile compounds.


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