Analysis of aroma compounds of nine autochthonous and non-autochthonous loquat cultivars grown in Sicily

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Diego Planeta
Vittorio Farina
Paola Bambina
Ilenia Tinebra
Roberta Passafiume
Luciano Cinquanta
Onofrio Corona


international and local cultivars, loquat, volatile compounds


Loquat cultivation in Sicily is mainly based on nonnative cultivars and local ecotypes characterized by high nutraceutical value and appreciable physicochemical characteristics. Increased interest in commercial loquat production has increased the intention to provide premium quality loquat cultivars that include volatile substances capable of conditioning the sensorial properties and, therefore, the acceptability of fruits by consumers. This study determined the content of volatile compounds in nonnative and local loquat fruits grown in Sicily. Analyses were performed on five international cultivars and four local cultivars.

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