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Establishment of an Australian mild onion industry - the sensory component

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Reid, C.E., Nottingham, S.M., Bell, G.E. and Duff, A.A. (2004) Establishment of an Australian mild onion industry - the sensory component. In: 37th Annual AIFST Convention and Exhibition, 25-28 July 2004, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia. (Unpublished)


Publisher URL: http://www.aifst.asn.au


In recent years, there has been increasing interest from growers, merchants, supermarkets and consumers in the establishment of a national mild onion industry. Imperative to the success of the emergent industry is the application of the National Mild Onion Certification Scheme that will establish standards and recommendations to be met by growers to allow them to declare their product as certified mild onions. The use of sensory evaluation techniques has played an imperative role throughout the project timeline that has also included varietal evaluation, evaluation of current agronomic practices and correlation of chemical analysis data.

Raw onion consumer acceptance testing on five different onion varieties established preferences amongst the varieties for odour, appearance, flavour, texture and overall and differences in the level of pungency and aftertaste perceived. Demographic information was obtained regarding raw and cooked onion use, frequency of consumption and responses to the idea of a mild, less pungent onion. Additionally, focus groups were conducted to further investigate consumer attitudes to onions.

Currently, a trained onion panel is being established to evaluate several odour, flavour and aftertaste attributes. Sample assessments will be conducted in January 2004 and correlated with chemical analyses that will hopefully provide the corner-stone for the anticipated Certification Scheme.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:© The State of Queensland, Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries. Copyright protects this publication. Except for purposes permitted by the Copyright Act 1968, reproduction by whatever means is prohibited without prior written permission of the Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries, Queensland.
Keywords:Mild onion; sensory evaluation; appearance; flavour; texture.
Subjects:Plant culture > Vegetables
Live Archive:12 Jul 2005
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:47

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