A Study on Promoting the Consumption of Sangju-Dried Persimmons as Functional Food through Scientific Inquiry

약선(藥膳)의 과학적 원리를 통한 상주곶감 소비촉진 방안 연구

  • Choi, Jung-Hoon (Center for Integrated general education, Hanyang University) ;
  • Kim, Chang-Man (Division of Science Education, Chemistry Education Major, Daegu University)
  • 최정훈 (한양대학교 기초융합교육원) ;
  • 김창만 (대구대학교 화학교육과)
  • Received : 2016.02.11
  • Accepted : 2016.02.22
  • Published : 2016.04.30


Sangju, a city in the North Gyeongsang Province, is well known as "Three Whites", representing its three main agricultural products: rice, silkworm, and dried persimmons. Therefore, development of a variety of dishes or products that can promote the consumption of dried persimmons is an urgent requirement for this region. This study was designed to provide fundamental information for revitalizing community-based specialized agriculture through scientific inquiry into medicinal foods and to develop a medicinal food menu based on the results of previous research and pre-survey. The pre-survey results and incompatibility revealed that palatability influenced people's decision to consume dried persimmons far more than pharmacological functionality. Therefore, palatability played an important part in the development of dried persimmon puddings with acceptable texture. These dishes are in high demand as they suit the tastes of variety of consumers. The inclusion of various additives lowered the sugar content in the developed foods and made the products alkalescent (pH > 7), thereby improving functionality. Unique color and flavor additives were also important criteria that determined the selection attributes of the developed medicinal foods. In addition, the additives had a positive effect on the fragrance and texture of the foods. In conclusion, the results suggested that use of additives provides significant advantages in promoting the consumption of Sangju-dried persimmons by improving both functionality and palatability.


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