Document Type : Research Article-en


1 Department of Food Science and Technology, Quchan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Quchan, Iran.

2 Agricultural Engineering Research Department, Khorasan Razavi Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education Center, AREEO Mashhad, Iran.


The acidified ethanol extracts of dried barberry which have a relatively high anthocyanin content (376.28± 1.45 mg c3g/Kg dmp) were freeze dried using maltodextrin (MDX), polyvinyl-pyrrolidone (PVP) and mixture of MDX and calcium alginate (MDX-CaAlg) as a carrier and coating agents. The qualitative attributes of the powders were characterized by their productively encapsulation efficiency, moisture content, bulk density, colour values (L*, a*, b*, C and H° ), particle size, total phenolic compounds (TPC), free radical scavenging activity of DPPH (RSA), ferric reducing-antioxidant power (FRAP) and minimized 50% of radical- scavenging activity (IC50). Scanning electron microscope was used for monitoring the structures of the powders. To determine the stability and half- life period of microencapsulated pigments, samples were stored under different storage temperatures (4◦C and 25◦C) at relative humidity 75%. Results showed that the encapsulated powder containing PVP 8% as wall material represented the best powder quality (p