Jellies are developed from cacti by researchers from Bahia

Jellies are developed from cacti by researchers from Bahia
Jellies are developed from cacti by researchers from Bahia
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(Photo: Ascom/Secti)

Known as xique-xique, Pilosocereus Gounellei is a species of cactus common in the Caatinga biome. As it is a plant widely used to feed animals during periods of food and water scarcity, a group of researchers from Paulo Afonso, led by Dhonatas Rodrigues, developed sweets from this cactus. Xique-xique has high nutritional value, rich in vitamins and minerals, beneficial for humans and animals.

The idea of ​​producing cactus-based jellies arose from the need to include a product on the market that would be used by consumers who have dietary restrictions or seek gastronomic experiences with new and distinct flavors. The researchers consider themselves pioneers in the production of jellies made with Non-Conventional Food Plants (PANCs). “Our jelly is a difficult product to reproduce. The handling, handling and cooking steps are difficult to assimilate, since they are unique ingredients”, he states.

Increasing farmers’ income and reaching more remote areas of the hinterland are among the group’s main objectives. “We need to raise awareness among local landowners to plant xique-xique. We will show how profitable the cultivation of this plant can be, considering that there is little need for water and inputs, producing income for them”, highlights Dhonatas.

The team’s next steps are to establish partnerships with farmers to supply the base raw material for the sweets, also seeking suppliers for production items and utensils. The idea is financed by the Centelha Notice, from the Bahia State Research Support Foundation (Fapesb), which is linked to the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (Secti). The project also has the support of the Territorial Development Board (Codeter). In addition to Dhonatas, the group is made up of Iago Filipe Silva, Johnisson de Souza and Tatiane Ferreira.

Bahia Does Science

The State Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (Secti) and the Bahia Research Support Foundation (Fapesb) debuted on National Science and Scientific Researcher Day, July 8, 2019, a series of reports on how researchers and scientists Bahians develop work in science, technology and innovation in order to contribute to improving the lives of the population in important topics such as health, education, security, among others. The articles are released weekly, always on Mondays, to the Bahian media, and are available on the Secretariat and Foundation’s website and social networks. If you know of any topic that could become the subject of this project, recommendations can be made via email at [email protected].

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