Learn all about pectinase, including how it's made, and why Puracy uses pectinase in our products.
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  • Derived from: plants
  • Pronunciation: (\ˈpek-tə-ˌnās\)
  • Type: Naturally-derived
  • Other names: polygalacturonase

What Is Pectinase?

Pectinase, also called polygalacturonase, is a naturally occurring enzyme that breaks down pectin, which is a substance found in the cell walls of certain types of plants and fruits. Pectin helps ripening fruits hold their shape; as a fruit becomes overripe, the pectin breaks down into simple sugars and the fruit consequently gets soft.[1]

What Does Pectinase Do in Our Products?

Pectinase has many uses, including in pulp and paper production, brewing and wine-making, and food processing.[2] It is also effective in detergents because it helps remove stains from fresh fruits, such as tomatoes and berries.[3]

Why Puracy Uses Pectinase

We use pectinase because it makes things clean and is a good alternative to bleach. Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care and cleaning product quality standards.[7,8]

How Pectinase Is Made

Pectinase occurs throughout the natural world, but microbes are the primary tool through which it is made for commercial purposes. Producing microbial pectinase occurs mostly by submerging bacteria in a liquid that is continuously agitated, or via solid-state fermentation, which involves growing the microbes on a substrate. The microbes secrete the lipase, which is then purified, homogenized, and crystallized for sale.[4,5,6]


[1] Encyclopedia Brittanica
[2] U.S. National Library of Medicine
[4] Martin, N. et al. "Pectinase Production by Fungal Strains in Solid-State Fermentation Using Agro-Industrial Bioproduct." Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology (2004) Vol.47, n. 5 : pp. 813-819
[5]Debing, J. et al., "Pectinase production by solid fermentation from Aspergillus niger by a new prescription experiment." Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (2006) Volume 64, Issue 2, Pages 244–250
[6] European Commission
[7] Whole Foods Market
[8] Whole Foods Market

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