Conventional and alternative processes for spice production - a review

Ute Schweiggert, Reinhold Carle, Andreas Schieber

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

220 Scopus citations


Conventional production of spices implicates a number of hygienic problems which can pose tremendous risks for farmers, producers and consumers. Furthermore, food quality may also be adversely affected. Only few conventional technologies exist for the sanitation of spices, however, some applications such as the fumigation with ethylene oxide are restricted and even banned by law in the European Union. As a consequence, there is a need for the development of innovative technologies for the production of high quality spices. This contribution summarizes the major problems associated with conventional spice production and provides a review of alternative technologies developed very recently.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-268
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Food Science and Technology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Conventional and alternative processes for spice production - a review'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this