The aim of this study was to determine the concentration of oleocanthal in olive pomace waste and compare this to its concentration in extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO). The concentration of oleocanthal in freshly pressed EVOO and its subsequent waste was analysed at early, mid and late season harvests. Oleocanthal concentrations were quantified using high-performance liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry. In oil, oleocanthal concentration was as follows: 123.24 ± 6.48 mg kg¯¹1 in early harvest, 114.20 ± 17.42 mg kg¯¹ in mid harvest and 152.22 ± 10.54 mg kg¯¹ in late harvest. Its concentration in waste was determined to be: 128.25 ± 11.33 mg kg¯¹ in early harvest, 112.15 ± 1.51mg kg¯¹ in mid harvest and 62.35 ± 8.00 mg kg¯¹ in late harvest. Overall, olive pomace waste is a valuable source of oleocanthal.
Field of Research
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified