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Crop Systems, Quality and Protection of Diplotaxis tenuifolia

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Dipartimento di Agraria, Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘Federico II’, Via Università 100, 80055 Portici, Italy
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Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via Università 133, 80055 Portici, Italy
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Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria, Centro di Ricerca Olivicoltura, Frutticoltura e Agrumicoltura, 81100 Caserta, Italy
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Agriculture 2018, 8(4), 55; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture8040055
Received: 8 March 2018 / Revised: 28 March 2018 / Accepted: 2 April 2018 / Published: 5 April 2018
Perennial wall-rocket (Diplotaxis tenuifolia (L.) D.C.) is a herbaceous plant belonging to the Brassicaceae with a cosmopolitan distribution. Traditionally harvested as a spontaneous herb, today it is a crop species of increasing importance after the diffusion of the ready-to-use salads in the vegetable retail markets. Besides relevance as a food crop, its consumption is prompted by consideration in the traditional medicine of several peoples in the native areas of the Mediterranean and western Asia based on recognized health beneficial effects. In fact, the leaves have notable nutritional properties related to their contents of glucosinolates and some antioxidant compounds, such as vitamin C and flavonoids, which entitle their dietary inclusion for the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. This paper provides an overview on aspects concerning the biology, crop management, nutritional properties, industrial processing and uses of perennial wall-rocket. View Full-Text
Keywords: perennial wall-rocket; ready-to use-salads; glucosinolates; antioxidants perennial wall-rocket; ready-to use-salads; glucosinolates; antioxidants
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Caruso, G.; Parrella, G.; Giorgini, M.; Nicoletti, R. Crop Systems, Quality and Protection of Diplotaxis tenuifolia. Agriculture 2018, 8, 55.

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