Grasas y Aceites, Vol 67, No 2 (2016)

Effect of dry salting on flavonoid profile and antioxidant capacity of Algerian olive cultivars

O. Soufi
Laboratoire de Biochimie Appliquée, Faculté des Sciences de la Nature et de la Vie, Université de Bejaia, Algeria

C. Romero
Food Biotechnology Department, Instituto de la Grasa (IG-CSIC), Spain

M. J. Motilva
Department of Food Technology CeRTA-TPV, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agraria, Universidad de Lleida, Spain

X. Borrás Gaya
Department of Food Technology CeRTA-TPV, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agraria, Universidad de Lleida, Spain

H. Louaileche
Laboratoire de Biochimie Appliquée, Faculté des Sciences de la Nature et de la Vie, Université de Bejaia, Algeria


This study investigated the changes in the flavonoid profile and antioxidant capacity of five olive cultivars after dry salting. The antioxidant activity was determined using ferric reducing ability power (FRAP), oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC), and β-carotene bleaching assays. The results showed that the effects of dry salting on the analyzed parameters were significant (P < 0.05). It caused a decrease in total flavonoids with a loss rate of 55%. The HPLC analysis of extracts revealed the presence of four flavonoids: rutin, luteolin-7-glucoside, cyanidin-3-glucoside and cyanidin-3-rutinoside. Among the studied cultivars, Azeradj was characterized by high levels of flavonoids. Concerning the antioxidant activity, diverging results were obtained using different antioxidant assays. Overall, the dry salting induced a reduction in the antioxidant activity with variable values depending on the cultivar. Among the used methods, high correlations were found between flavonoid contents and the FRAP assay.


Antioxidant activity; Cultivar; Dry salting; Flavonoid; HPLC; Olive

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