The FINANCIAL — To date, the official register of Ukraine includes 738 names of Ukrainian sunflower hybrids. 52 of them are specified as high-oleic hybrids, declared Ekaterina Vedmedeva, Head of the laboratory for genetic resources, high-oleic and confectionery sunflower selection, at the Institute of Oilseed crops, of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, on September 18 at the conference “High-oleic market in Ukraine: no bubble but evolution”.
According to her, the hybrids do not measure up to the classic hybrids in terms of yield, stability, resistance to diseases and parasitic plants, as demonstrated by its entry to the Register of plant varieties of Ukraine.
In addition, E.Vedmedeva told about the features and benefits of high-oleic sunflower oil. According to her, the list of advantages includes the extended storage period, neutral taste, availability of the features, which are ideal for frying, due to high content of oleic acid and low content of saturated fats (less than 10%); and also the fact that the reporting oil is the most beneficial for human health.
High-oleic sunflower oil solves one of the major problems associated with the qualitative indices of vegetable oils – increased resistance of oils to auto-oxidation, in order to prevent accumulation of toxic oxidation products during the period of its processing, storage and consumption, informed the expert. Such type of sunflower oil is quite suitable in food production as the oils for spraying of snacks, crackers and breakfast cereals, frying oils, baby food products, and for seniors.