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Discrimination of Clover and Citrus Honeys from Egypt According to Floral Type Using Easily Assessable Physicochemical Parameters and Discriminant Analysis: An External Validation of the Chemometric Approach

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Laboratory of Food Chemistry, Department of Chemistry University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina, Greece
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Attiki Bee Culturing Co., Alex. Pittas S.A, Protomagias 9, Kryoneri 14568 Athens, Greece
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Foods 2018, 7(5), 70; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods7050070
Received: 31 March 2018 / Revised: 27 April 2018 / Accepted: 1 May 2018 / Published: 3 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Honey: Chemical Composition, Stability and Authenticity)
Twenty-two honey samples, namely clover and citrus honeys, were collected from the greater Cairo area during the harvesting year 2014–2015. The main purpose of the present study was to characterize the aforementioned honey types and to investigate whether the use of easily assessable physicochemical parameters, including color attributes in combination with chemometrics, could differentiate honey floral origin. Parameters taken into account were: pH, electrical conductivity, ash, free acidity, lactonic acidity, total acidity, moisture content, total sugars (degrees Brix-°Bx), total dissolved solids and their ratio to total acidity, salinity, CIELAB color parameters, along with browning index values. Results showed that all honey samples analyzed met the European quality standards set for honey and had variations in the aforementioned physicochemical parameters depending on floral origin. Application of linear discriminant analysis showed that eight physicochemical parameters, including color, could classify Egyptian honeys according to floral origin (p < 0.05). Correct classification rate was 95.5% using the original method and 90.9% using the cross validation method. The discriminatory ability of the developed model was further validated using unknown honey samples. The overall correct classification rate was not affected. Specific physicochemical parameter analysis in combination with chemometrics has the potential to enhance the differences in floral honeys produced in a given geographical zone. View Full-Text
Keywords: Egyptian honey; physicochemical parameters; characterization; discrimination; chemometrics; quality control Egyptian honey; physicochemical parameters; characterization; discrimination; chemometrics; quality control
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Karabagias, I.K.; Karabournioti, S. Discrimination of Clover and Citrus Honeys from Egypt According to Floral Type Using Easily Assessable Physicochemical Parameters and Discriminant Analysis: An External Validation of the Chemometric Approach. Foods 2018, 7, 70.

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