Recovering Bioactive Compounds from Potato Peels
Unmet Need: Cost-effective alternate uses of agriculture by-products
Large scale commercial food industries generate significant quantities of waste products. Disposal of these by-products and waste streams create a serious issue because they are prone to microbial decay. Since drying processes are too costly and storage options are limited, the waste products remain waste even though they may have valuable compounds. Increased consumption of processed potatoes has led to a vast amount of potato peels that need to be dealt with in a cost-effective manner.
The Technology: Extraction & recovery of bioactive compounds from potato peels
Researchers at WSU have devised a method to extract high value bioactive compounds from potato peels that involves two subcritical water extraction stages. The combination of these stages into a single extraction platform, referred to as sequential hydrothermal extraction (SeqHTE), leads to the recovery of significant amounts of structurally diverse valuable bioactive compounds and soluble nutrients from potato peels.
• Agriculture industry.
• Waste management.
• Cost-effective utilization of agricultural wastes.
• Simple two-step process.
• Environment friendly.
• Recovery of high-value bio-active compounds.