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Analysis of volatile compounds in three unifloral native Chilean honeys

Montenegro G1,*, M Gómez1, G Casaubon2, A Belancic2, AM Mujica1, RC Peña1

Departamento de Ciencias Vegetales, Facultad de Agronomía e Ingeniería Forestal, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, V icuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago, Chile
Centro de Aromas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago, Chile.

* Corresponding Author:* Address Correspondence to: Gloria Montenegro, e-mail email, Phone 56-2-3547216.

Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany 2009, 78(all), 61-65.


Three unifloral honeys were identified by the pronounced presence of specific compounds by means of sensorial analysis and SPME-GC-MS. Smoky and resinous (‘propolis’) odors characterized unifloral “quillay” (Quillaja saponaria) honey. “Corontillo” (Escallonia pulverulenta) honey was characterized by caramel and vanillin aromas, and “ulmo” (Eucryphia cordifolia) honey by having an anise scent with a floral jasmine note. Safranal was a useful marker for “corontillo” honey. Isophorone and cetoisophorone were the distinctive compounds of unifloral “ulmo” honey. In “quillay” honeys, megastigmatrienone, 2-p-hydroxyphenylalcohol and minor quantities of β-pinene and linalool oxide were correlated with their sensory properties such as resinous.


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G, M., Gómez, M., Casaubon, G., Belancic, A., Mujica, A. et al. (2009). Analysis of volatile compounds in three unifloral native Chilean honeys. Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, 78(all), 61–65.


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