Physico-Chemical Investigation of Honey Samples from Bee Farmers in Ekiti State, Southwest Nigeria
Journal of Plant Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 5, October 2014, Pages: 246-249
Received: Aug. 26, 2014; Accepted: Sep. 25, 2014; Published: Nov. 10, 2014
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Joshua Kayode, Department of Plant Science, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Sunday Dele Oyeyemi, Department of Plant Science, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
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Abstract
Fifteen honey samples obtained from different locations in Ekiti State, Southwest Nigeria were analyzed for some physico-chemical attributes including pH, moisture contents, ash contents, total acidity, total solid, proline contents. The results showed a range of honey colours from amber to dark brown. The pH of the samples ranged from 3.73 to 4.60 while the total solid ranged between 76.60% to 90.73%, moisture content varied from 9.72% to 23.40%, ash 0.004 to 0.440% and total acidity 21.5 to 33.6 meqkg- 1. Twelve samples passed proline tests while three failed proline test. Generally, the findings showed that the attributes of twelve of the commercial honeys agreed with the international standards which make them good for human consumption while others have higher values than normal level in certain parameters, thus suggesting some level of adulteration by farmers.
Keywords
Honey, Physico-Chemical Attributes, Adulteration, Ekiti State, Nigeria
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Joshua Kayode, Sunday Dele Oyeyemi, Physico-Chemical Investigation of Honey Samples from Bee Farmers in Ekiti State, Southwest Nigeria, Journal of Plant Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 5, 2014, pp. 246-249. doi: 10.11648/j.jps.20140205.26
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