Study on the Storage Stability of Mangrove Rosella Syrup

Indonesia boasts vast maritime and marine potential. As a coastal nation, it possesses abundant natural resources, both biotic and abiotic, as well as artificial resources and environmental services crucial for the livelihoods of its people. Coastal areas comprise various ecosystems, including coral reefs, beaches, estuaries, and seagrass beds. Among these ecosystems, mangrove forests stand out as particularly vital.

From an economic standpoint, mangrove forests yield high-quality timber and non-timber forest products (NTFPs), such as wood charcoal, tannins, dyes, cosmetics, and food and beverage ingredients. Utilizing mangrove fruits for food and beverages represents a form of product diversification. One such product is mangrove rosella syrup, typically made from the pedada mangrove fruit (Soneratia caseolaris). Providing storage recommendations for mangrove rosella syrup is essential for consumer safety and product quality maintenance. Such information enables consumers to understand how to maintain product quality during storage, assists distributors or sellers in managing stock, and aids producers in product quality control. This research aims to determine safe storage conditions for mangrove rosella syrup.

Based on the research findings regarding the storage of mangrove rosella syrup at different temperature treatments, it can be concluded that syrup stored at 10°C (P1) exhibited higher antioxidant activity, reaching 49.73% in the fourth week. Conversely, storage at higher temperatures, such as 25°C (P2) and 35°C (P3), resulted in relatively lower antioxidant activity levels. Lower temperatures proved more effective in preserving antioxidant activity stability. Microbiological parameters were also assessed post-preservation. Higher storage temperatures corresponded to increased microbial growth, with significant growth observed at 35°C (P3) each week. This is because 35°C is the optimal temperature for bacterial growth.

This study provides valuable insights for consumers regarding safe storage practices for mangrove rosella syrup. Understanding the impact of storage conditions on product quality and safety is essential for both producers and consumers.

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