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Watercore in Apple Landraces (Malus domestica Borkh.) as a quality indicator

Arnal, Alberto (2021) Watercore in Apple Landraces (Malus domestica Borkh.) as a quality indicator. Revista de Ciencias Agrícolas, 38 (1). pp. 158-165. ISSN 2256-2273

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Watercore is the presence of a vitrified texture intruded in the pulp of the fruit. It is found in fruits from different genus and families; and it has been studied in apples. Watercore was described, in apples, as a texture with differential sensorial characteristics in relationship with the ordinary pulp, and its presence is currently considered a defect in apple production, causing economic losses. In this study, it is described as a dichotomous descriptor. We analysed 641 apples from a region belonging to Central Spain (Guadarrama mountain range and the close Tagus Basin River); it was found that around 30% of those apples shown this characteristic, being practically all of them from landraces. Studies related to traditional cultivars do not analyze such characteristic, considered up today as a defect. Nevertheless, we discuss that watercore can have some potential as it gives to apple a distinct appearance and aroma, all of them of value in differential quality and international seal protection. As a result, we conclude our preliminary analysis that it is highly recommended to take into consideration watercore as a descriptor in apple characterizations.

Tipo de Elemento: Artículo
Palabras Clave: Germplasm, morphological descriptor, quality, rural development, traditional cultivars, vitreous texture
Asunto: S Agricultura > S Agriculture (General)
Division: Revistas > Revista de Ciencias Agrícolas
Depósito de Usuario: FACIA Fac. Ciencias Agrícolas Udenar
Fecha Deposito: 04 Oct 2021 19:29
Ultima Modificación: 04 Oct 2021 19:29

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