Influence of variety and growing location on the development of off-flavor in precooked vacuum-packed potatoes.

Journal of agricultural and food chemistry

PubMedID: 10552429

Jensen K, Petersen MA, Poll L, Brockhoff PB. Influence of variety and growing location on the development of off-flavor in precooked vacuum-packed potatoes. J Agric Food Chem. 1999;47(3):1145-9.
Development of potato off-flavor (POF) was examined in precooked vacuum-packed potatoes by GC and sensory analyses. The experiments comprised four varieties grown at two locations. Aroma compounds shown to be potential contributors to POF were determined quantitatively, and their relative importance was interpreted by aroma values based on odor detection threshold values determined in water. There were statistically significant differences in the content of POF compounds between the growing locations and among some of the varieties. The results from the sensory analyses concurred roughly with the GC analyses. (E,E)-2,4-Nonadienal and (E, E)-2,4-decadienal were shown to be the most potent of the POF compounds examined, in addition with hexanal, (E)-2-octenal, and (E)-2-nonenal. Lowering the development of POF in precooked vacuum-packed potatoes should be possible by optimizing the environmental conditions and breeding for suitable varieties.