Antioxidants profile of small tomato fruits: Effect of irrigation and industrial process

Rita Pernice, Mario Parisi, Italo Giordano, Alfonso Pentangelo, Giulia Graziani, Monica Gallo, Vincenzo Fogliano, Alberto Ritieni*

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Abstract

Carotenoids and flavonoids are the main tomatoes antioxidants, having an important role for human health. This study investigates the effects of different water regime and of the industrial processing on the concentration of these compounds in tomato fruits and in tomato products. Two biotypes of Corbarini small tomatoes were cultivated in the Sarno valley (Salerno, Italy) using three different water regimes. A biochemical characterization of the fresh and of the corresponding canned products was performed. Results show that water regime influenced the antioxidant profile of tomato fruits, with marked differences between the two biotypes. Data obtained highlight that water regime markedly influenced the productivity and the quality of the tomatoes. Results also demonstrated that industrial process increased carotenoids content without causing a significant flavonoids degradation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-163
Number of pages8
JournalScientia Horticulturae
Volume126
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Antioxidant activity
  • Carotenoids
  • Flavonoids
  • Tomato canning
  • Water regime

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    Pernice, R., Parisi, M., Giordano, I., Pentangelo, A., Graziani, G., Gallo, M., Fogliano, V., & Ritieni, A. (2010). Antioxidants profile of small tomato fruits: Effect of irrigation and industrial process. Scientia Horticulturae, 126(2), 156-163. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2010.06.021