1st Edition

Drying of Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants

Edited By Ching Lik Hii, Shivanand S. Shirkole Copyright 2024
    254 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Drying is a key operation in processing of many plant-based foods and medicines for the purpose of preservation and retention of key attributes and active compounds. Therefore, it is essential to select suitable drying techniques to ensure a product is processed under optimal operating conditions. Drying of Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants presents processing aspects of these three major global agricultural commodities. It offers an insight into the drying and product quality of herbs, spices, and medicinal plants, such as drying characteristics, equipment selection, physiochemical analyses, quality improvement, product development, storage, and shelf life as well as future developments.

    • Offers the latest information on drying and processing technologies, research, and development
    • Summarizes various drying techniques, their advantages and limitations, industrial applications, and simple design methods
    • Presents guidelines for dryer selection
    • Links theory and practice
    • Envisages future trends and demands

    Featuring chapters from expert authors in both industry and academia, this book is an important resource for those working in the chemical, food processing, pharma, and biotech industries, especially those focused on the drying of plants for food and medicinal applications.

    1. Overview of the Global Market for Dried Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants

    Ching Lik Hii and Shivanand S. Shirkole

    2. Guideline and Selection of Dryers for Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants

    Choon Hui Tan and Ching Lik Hii

    3. Drying Characteristics of Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants

    Chien Hwa Chong, Nesa Dibagar, Rhonalyn Maulion, and Adam Figiel

    4. Impact of Drying on Various Quality Characteristics of Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants

    Kar Yong Pin

    5. Instrumentation and Analyses of Bioactive Compounds and Ingredients

    Eric Wei Chiang Chan, Joash Ban Lee Tan, and Choon Hui Tan

    6. Storage and Quality Degradation of Dried Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants

    Harshavardhan Dhulipalla, Hari Kavya Kommineni, V. Archana, Lavanya Devaraj, and Irshaan Syed

    7. Product Development and Formulations from Dried Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants

    Fatemeh Poureshmanan Talemy, Fereshteh Jamalzade, Kosar Mohammadi Balili, and Narjes Malekjani

    8. Emerging and Advanced Drying Technologies for Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants

    Klaudia Masztalerz, Jacek Łyczko, and Krzysztof Lech

    9. Techno-Economic Evaluation for Cost-Effective Drying of Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants

    Viplav Hari Pise and Bhaskar N. Thorat

    10. Future Prospect and Global Market Demand for Dried Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants

    Nikita S. Bhatkar, Vimal, and Shivanand S. Shirkole


    Ching Lik Hii, PhD, is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Co-Director of Future Food Malaysia Research Center at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus. Before joining the university, he was Senior Research Officer (cocoa and chocolate processing) at the Chemistry and Technology Division, Malaysia Cocoa Board. Currently, he is also serving as Chair of the Food and Drink Special Interest Group (Malaysia Chapter), Institution of Chemical Engineers UK. Dr Hii’s key research areas include cocoa processing, drying technology, mathematical modeling, and functional food processing. He is an editorial board member of Malaysian Cocoa Journal, Journal of Applied Food Technology, and American Journal of Food Science and Technology. Dr Hii is also a Professional Engineer (PEng) registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia and a Chartered Engineer (CEng) registered with the Engineering Council UK.

    Shivanand S. Shirkole, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Engineering and Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai, ICT-IOC Odisha Campus, Bhubaneswar, India. He earned a PhD in 2020 at the Department of Food Process Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. He has more than 4 years of industrial experience as a Plant Engineer at a Hyderabad-based multi-crop seed conditioning plant. His broad areas of research are low-moisture food safety and the thermal processing of food. Presently, he is working on sustainable technologies for food and agriproducts. He is an Executive Committee Member of the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), NIT Rourkela Chapter, and working as an Associate Editor for the journal Drying Technology (Taylor & Francis).