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COMMODITY ASSESSMENT OF BERBERIS VULGARIS AND ITS PRODUCTS AIMED AT IMPROVEMENT OF PRODUCE COMPETITIVENESS

The article provides an analysis of merchandising characteristics of Berberis vulgaris fruits collected in the Botanical Garden of Belgorod State National Research University and their products in order to increase the produce competitiveness. The main methods of research were: the sugar content and dry soluble solids were measured with the use of IRF- 454 B2M refractometer. The vitamin content in barberry berries and their processed products was assessed in the laboratory of Belgorod State Agricultural Academy. The composition of elements was studied with the use of Quanta 200 3D ion-electron scanning microscope in the Center for collective use of scientific equipment at Belgorod State National Research University. In the course of the study, the researchers carried out a merchandising assessment of local Berberis vulgaris berries, their conformity with appearance requirements and physical values. The authors have developed some basic regulatory standards for the quality of fresh and stored Berberis vulgaris berries. The study enabled to assess the nutrition value of Berberis vulgaris grown in the Botanical Garden of Belgorod State National Research University. The results of the research demonstrated good quality of berries and their suitability for processing and storage. The findings of the study may be used in food industries.

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