Glucosinolates profile of Brassica rapa L. subsp. Sylvestris L. Janch. var. esculenta Hort

Giancarlo Barbieri, Rita Pernice, Albino Maggio, Stefania De Pascale, Vincenzo Fogliano*

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Glucosinolates in different ecotypes of Brassica rapa L. subsp. sylvestris L. Janch. var. esculenta Hort. widely distributed in Southern Italy and locally known as "friariello" and "cima di rapa", were characterized and their glucosinolate composition was compared with that of broccoli (Brassica oleracea L. var. italica). Although these two vegetables have a similar morphologic aspect, they showed a very different glucosinolate profile. While glucoraphanin, glucobrassicin and 1-methoxyindol-3-ylmethyl were confirmed as the main compounds in broccoli, gluconapin and glucobrassicanapin were identified for the first time as the molecular markers of friarielli and other Brassica rapa plants. Broccoli can by grouped according to their glucosinolates concentration by PCA analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1687-1691
Number of pages5
JournalFood Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Brassica rapa L. subsp. Sylvestris
  • Broccoli
  • Glucosinolates
  • Metabolic profile

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