Assessment of Honey Quality from the Middle Podrinje Area

  • Tijana Brčina Assistant Professor, Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Technology, University of Tuzla, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
  • Lejla Halilčević Assistant, Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Technology, University of Tuzla, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
  • Ramzija Cvrk Associate Professor, Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Technology, University of Tuzla, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
Keywords: honey, quality, physico-chemical parameters, sensory analysis

Abstract

The study aimed to examine the quality of honey from the Middle Podrinje area (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The research included a total of 21 samples of honey from the Middle Podrinje area: 12 samples of honey florals (municipalities of Srebrenica and Milići), 9 samples of acacia honey (municipalities of Zvornik and Bratunac). Physico-chemical parameters were determined as the main composition criteria for quality assessment in honey samples: mass fraction of water, total acidity, electrical conductivity, and ash. Samples of honey florals are of poorer quality compared to acacia honey, two samples had values of water content and acidity above the values prescribed by the Regulation. Statistical analysis showed that there is a statistically significant difference between the arithmetic means of the water content for floral honey, the electrical conductivity of acacia honey, and the free acid content for both types of honey. Honey samples that met the criteria prescribed by the Regulation were sensory evaluated by experienced analysts. Two samples of floral honey that did not meet the criteria prescribed by the Regulation were not sensory evaluated. Based on sensory analysis, samples of floral honey from the municipality of Milići had better sensory characteristics compared to the same type of honey from the municipality of Srebrenica. Acacia honey from the municipality of Zvornik was rated better than honey from the municipality of Bratunac.

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Published
2021-01-30
How to Cite
Tijana Brčina, Lejla Halilčević, & Ramzija Cvrk. (2021). Assessment of Honey Quality from the Middle Podrinje Area. International Journal for Research in Applied Sciences and Biotechnology, 8(1), 132-137. https://doi.org/10.31033/ijrasb.8.1.15