This study investigated the influence of different drying air temperatures (40, 50, 60 and 70 °C) on moisture removal ratio and drying rate of pre-cooked and uncooked palmyra (Borassus aethiopum) seed-sprout fleshy scale (SFS) slices and quality of the resultant flours. Through drying kinetic analysis, it was found that the drying process of pre-cooked and uncooked palmyra SFS slices took place in the falling rate period and the drying time decreased with increasing air temperature in all samples. The colour parameters (L*, a* and b*) were affected by the drying air temperature and treatment type (pre-cooked and uncooked), with significantly higher ΔE values in uncooked samples compared to the pre-cooked samples. Drying of uncooked SFS slices maintains relatively high total antioxidant activity and low content of vitamin C compared to the pre-cooked samples. Beta-carotene, total phenol and total flavonoid contents however showed no specific trend in pre-cooked and...

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