Drying characteristics of dill and parsley leaves

Doymaz I., Tugrul N., Pala M.

JOURNAL OF FOOD ENGINEERING, vol.77, no.3, pp.559-565, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 77 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2005.06.070
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.559-565
  • Keywords: parsley, dill, air-drying, colour, mathematical modelling, effective diffusivity, BEHAVIOR, KINETICS
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The drying of dill and parsley leaves was investigated in a laboratory dryer. The effect of temperature on drying rate of samples at constant air velocity (1.1 m/s) and various temperatures (50, 60 and 70 degrees C) was studied. Four thin-layer drying models, namely, Lewis, Handerson and Pabis, Page, and Midilli and Kucuk, were fitted to drying data. The Midilli and Kucuk model was found to satisfactorily describe the air-drying curves of dill and parsley leaves. The effective diffusivity values changed from 6.693 x 10-(10) to 1.434 x 10(-9) m(2)/s and 9.0 x 10-(10) to 2.337 x 10(-9) m(2)/s for dill and parsley leaves, respectively, within the given temperature range. Calculated values of the effective diffasivity showed Arrhenius-type temperature dependence. The activation energy values found 35.05 and 43.92 kJ/mol for dill and parsley leaves, respectively. The colour of samples were determined after drying process using a Hunterlab in terms of Hunter L*, a* and b* values. From the results of colour quality, drying in temperature of 60 degrees C was found to be the optimum temperature for dill and parsley leaves. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.