Chestnut and lemon balm based ingredients as natural preserving agents of the nutritional profile in matured "serra da Estrela" cheese uri icon


  • Chestnut flowers, lemon balm plants and their decoctions were incorporated into "Serra da Estrela" cheese, to assess their potential to preserve its nutritional properties and provide new foodstuffs. The analyses were carried out after the normal ripening period of 1month and after 6months of storage. The most abundant nutrients were proteins and fats. The most abundant minerals were Ca and Na, while C16:0 and C18:1 were the main fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids were the most abundant, followed by the monounsaturated. Moisture seemed to be lower in the samples with the plants incorporated. The dried plants, when incorporated, seemed to be more efficient as preservers then the decoctions, although these better preserved the proteins. These plants can be regarded as promising natural preservers in foodstuffs cheese, given the preservation of key parameters and the slight impact on the nutritional value.
  • The authors are grateful to Queijos Casa Matias, Lda and Mais Ervas, Lda. For providing the cheese and M. officinalis samples, respectively. The authors also acknowledge PRODER project No. 46577-PlantLact, the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT, Portugal) for financial support to the CIMO research centre (Pest-OE/AGR/UI0690/2014) and ALIMNOVA research group (UCM-951505/2012), J.C.M. Barreira acknowledges the FCT for his post-doctoral grant (BPD/72802/2010).

publication date

  • January 1, 2016