pectin

noun

pec·​tin ˈpek-tən How to pronounce pectin (audio)
: any of various water-soluble substances that bind adjacent cell walls in plant tissues and yield a gel which is the basis of fruit jellies
also : a commercial product rich in pectins

Examples of pectin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Total Time: 40 mins Servings: 128 Yield: 8 half-pints Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 2 quart fresh raspberries 1 (1.75) ounce package regular powdered fruit pectin 7 cup sugar Directions Crush 1 cup of the berries in an 8-quart Dutch oven or pot. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 May 2024 Some emulsifiers are even naturally occurring, like pectins in fruit. Kayla Hui, Verywell Health, 16 May 2024 Add pectin mixture to fruit mixture, stirring for about 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture is no longer grainy. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 May 2024 The goal, Acheson says, is to avoid overcooking ramps and dulling their delicate flavor; the pectin allows the mixture to gel without having to cook it down too much. Hugh Acheson, Saveur, 3 May 2024 In this recipe adapted from his cookbook The Broad Fork, chef Hugh Acheson turns ramps into a simple jam thickened with powdered pectin. Hugh Acheson, Saveur, 3 May 2024 Bananas Besides being a soft and relatively bland food that’s easy on the stomach, bananas contain pectin, a starch that can make stool firmer. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 18 Apr. 2024 Many of these genes code for enzymes that help to break down plant cell walls, allowing access to sugars stored in hard-to-digest compounds like cellulose, hemicellulose and pectin. Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Apr. 2024 Ingredients: 3 cups petal infusion, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 box powdered pectin, 4 1/2 cups sugar Instructions Boil jars 15 minutes. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

French pectine, from pectique

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pectin was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Pectin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pectin. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

pectin

noun
pec·​tin ˈpek-tən How to pronounce pectin (audio)
: any of various substances in plant tissues that dissolve in water and produce a gel which is the basis of fruit jellies
also : a commercial product rich in pectins

Medical Definition

pectin

noun
pec·​tin ˈpek-tən How to pronounce pectin (audio)
1
: any of various water-soluble substances that bind adjacent cell walls in plant tissues and yield a gel which is the basis of fruit jellies
2
: a commercial product rich in pectins and used chiefly in making jelly and other foods, in pharmaceutical products especially for the control of diarrhea, and in cosmetics

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