Waste to wealth: a Case study of papaya peel

TitleWaste to wealth: a Case study of papaya peel
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsPathak, PD
Secondary AuthorsMandavgane, SA
Tertiary AuthorsKulkarni, BD
JournalWaste and Biomass Valorization
Date PublishedJUN
Type of ArticleJournal Article
KeywordsBioactive compounds, Biorefinery, Papaya peel, Valorization, Value-added products

Papaya is a popular fruit consumed worldwide and well-known for its food and nutritional values. It is used in food industries for the production of jams, jellies, etc. As a result, these industries generate huge amounts of papaya peel (PP) and seeds as by-products, which are typically considered a waste, and thus discarded. However, our current investigation indicates that PP is a valuable source of bioactive compounds, which can be converted into many value-added products. In this article, we review the physicochemical composition and valorization of PP. PP can be utilized to obtain many value-added products by fermentation (e.g., biofuels, adsorbents, dietary fibers, biomedicine, biomaterials). The biorefinery approach for PP will definitely increase the value of this waste by producing an array of value-added products and achieving zero waste generation.

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Chemical Engineering & Process Development