Posts Tagged ‘Katemfe Fruit’

Thaumatin naturally

February 13th, 2009
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Talin® (Thaumatin) is wild harvested from the West African rainforests and is an excellent low-calorie flavour modifier. It is a natural protein physically extracted from the Katemfe Fruit, Thaumatococcus daniellii.

Thaumatin has been used by the West Africans for hundreds of years to sweeten corn breads, sour fruits and also to make palm wine palatable.


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Harvesting Thaumatin

February 13th, 2009
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In the last 20 years numerous collection and processing centres have been established and they are a real testament to the dedication of our employees and their close involvement with the local communities. The local people wild harvest the fruits and directly reap the financial benefits. Direct involvement with the communities also helps to protect Thaumatococcus daniellii and the forest under which it grows. The villagers are also securing a future for themselves and the forest with all its biodiversity. Today, thanks to the vision and innovation of Overseal Natural Ingredients, Thaumatin, under the brand name Talin®, is used worldwide in more applications than ever before.

Talin® is a very sweet protein and has a unique tertiary structure stabilised by the presence of eight disulphide bridges making it unusually stable to heat and pH. It is primarily used to modify and enhance flavours.


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