Flavor Characteristics and Consumer Acceptance of Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius Poepp & Endl) Leaf Tea by Different Processes

Shin, Dong Young;Hyun, Kyu Hwan;Kuk, Yong In;Shin, Dong Won;Chun, Soon Sil

  • 투고 : 2015.08.28
  • 심사 : 2015.12.07
  • 발행 : 2015.12.31


The purpose of this research was to find the most appropriate process for making yacon leaf tea. We applied both green tea and black tea brewing and fermenting methods for producing yacon leaf tea. This research included consumer test and descriptive analysis of professional trained panel on yacon tea tastes and flavors. Both consumer test and descriptive evaluation preferred yacon tea produced by black tea brewing and fermenting methods because it tasted less bitter and had a sweet, delicate taste. According to orthogonal transformation resulting from varimax rotation, first principal component was positively affected by black tea brewing and fermenting methods, while it was negatively affected by green tea brewing and fermenting methods. As a result, the study concluded black tea brewing and fermenting methods were appropriate for producing yacon leaf tea.


Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius Poepp& Endl);Leaf tea;Consumer test;Descriptive analysis


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