Sergey Merzlov, Neonila Lomova, Serhiy Narizhniy, Olha Snizhko, Viktor Voroshchuk


The quality of modern food products may be improved by adding bee pollen (PB) to the composition. The important stage of the process of improvement of an existent product or creation of new one is the optimization of the technology of bee pollen preparation, especially, comminution. The aim of the researches was to investigate the process of comminution and to optimize technological parameters for receiving high quality powder, used as a component of sour-milk beverages and other products. The study elucidates the influence of a series of factors on the size of particles and quality of bee pollen powder by technological and phytochemical properties. Using the visual method with modern optimal devices, it was established, that pollen can be comminuted to the particles size 120–8 mcm. The dispersity degree of received powder caused changes of the phytochemical activity and technological parameters of a product. The method of colorimetry determined that the content of flavonoids in pollen increases by 53 % at communiting to particle sizes 15±5 mcm and decreases at the higher dispersity.

The screen method determined the homogeneity of the material, processed by three types of comminutors and substantiated the use of a mill-pestle in the technology of bee pollen comminution as the most effective comminutor.

Using the plan of the complete factor experiment of the third kind, there were studied the surfaces of a response of the dependence of pollen powder homogeneity on the comminutor work intensity, mass and term of the material processing. Technological parameters of pollen comminution by a mill-pestle were optimized: working body speed 70–80 turn/min (min−1), processing duration – 6 min, batch mass – 150 g.


bee pollen powder; bee pollen comminution; full-features experiment; phytochemical activity of bee pollen

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