Pectins from Opuntia spp . : A Short Review ♦

  title={Pectins from Opuntia spp . : A Short Review ♦},
  author={Francisco M Goycoolea and Adriana C{\'a}rdenas},
Two distinctive water-soluble high-molecular-weight pectic polysaccharide materials that occur in Opuntia cladodes and fruits have been extracted and studied in their chemical and rheological properties in our laboratory, namely, the well-known mucilage and a calcium-sensitive gelling fraction. Mucilage is present in the characteristic slimy fluid secreted by cladodes and fruits and it does not gel in the presence of calcium. Pectin of low degree of methoxyl occurs in the cell wall and can be… CONTINUE READING
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