Banana (Musa sp.)

There are several variants of this fruit which is one of the most popular in Brazil. Banana is present in practically every Brazilian home and is very used in culinary preparations, as well as in other areas, such as cosmetic, for instance.

Rich in vitamins A, C and complex B, it is also composed by different natural sugars, (sucrose, fructose and glucose), potassium, dietetic fibers, calcium, magnesium, zinc, fluoride and iron, making the fruit a very important food to keep a healthy diet. It may help in the reduction of stress and depression, contributes with bones and eyes health, in addition to other benefits.

It is consumed fresh and is an excellent food complement, but is also used in the in the food and beverage industries as base for cakes, sweets, smoothies, juices and so on. Another form which is becoming popular is the banana powder or dehydrated banana pulp which serves as raw material for the industry and for dietary supplements.

Blue Macaw Flora commercializes dehydrated banana pulp, banana powder, produced from a careful selection of the fruits, submitted to the spray drying or atomization procedure.

Spray Drying or atomization is a technique that transforms liquid solutions into dry powders. The drying technique by spray drying has been widely applied in the production of dry extracts with better technological features and higher content of active substances. The process consists of atomization of the fluid solution on a drying chamber on which the droplets go through a warm air flow. The heat and mass transference during the drying process occurs in a very fast way between the air and steam films which stay around each droplet under saturation temperature. This technique, subsequently, is appropriate for heat sensitive products, preserving its essential features.

This type of drying procedure is widely used in the food industry, is common for the production of powder milk, instant coffee and powder juices and in the production of active components in the pharmaceutical and phytotherapic industries. Spray drying is ideal for cases where the final product should respect a high specific and reproducible pattern of quality regarding the particles sizes, morphology, percentage of residual moisture, density and other parameters.

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