Mango is one of the popular fruits in the world due to its attractive color, delicious taste and excellent nutritional properties. Known for its sweet fragrance and flavor, the mango has delighted the senses for more than 4000 years. A celebrated fruit, mango, now produced in most of the tropical parts of the globe.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Product of mango: Mango fruit leather

Mango fruit leather is a mango pulp dried in the form of sheets or slabs. It is made by drying a very thin layer of fruit puree to obtain a product with a chewy texture similar to soft leather. The mango puree must be very smooth.

About 2.5 cups of puree will make and 18 x 14 inch tray of leather with ¼ inch thick.

Sodium bisulfate is added to slow the oxidation and darkening of the leathers. 5-7.5% sugar and 0.5% citric acid also added before drying at 55 – 60°C.

Alternate to sun drying, using electric dehydrator often produced the best quality product.
Mango fruit leather

Commercial leather production involves passing the puree through a mechanical finisher with a stainless steel sieve.

Mango leather has 15-20 % moisture. Drying at higher temperatures results in a darker colored final product and hence a lower sensory quality. 

Mango leather is normally sold in the form of a roll, with grease-proof paper between layers to avoid it sticking together. 

The dried product develops a leathery consistency, is rolled and cut into desirable sizes.

The fruit leather has a shelf life of about 8 months when stored at 24-30° C.
Product of mango: Mango fruit leather

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