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Barattiere: An Italian Local Variety of Cucumis melo L. with Quality Traits between Melon and Cucumber

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Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA), CNR, via Amendola 122/O, 70126 Bari, Italy
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Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science, University of Bari Aldo Moro, via Amendola 165/A, 70126 Bari, Italy
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Plants 2020, 9(5), 578; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants9050578
Received: 27 February 2020 / Revised: 24 April 2020 / Accepted: 26 April 2020 / Published: 1 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Germplasm Diversity for Sustainability and Crop Improvement)
Barattiere, belonging to the Cucumis melo L. species, is a local variety of Puglia (Southern Italy), which is consumed as a vegetable at the immature stage, like cucumber. In this study, three Barattiere populations (‘Monopoli’, ‘Carovigno’ and ‘Fasano’) were evaluated for the main quality traits. All genotypes showed a very light green-yellow colour of flesh, without any difference regarding chlorophyll and carotenoid contents. Carovigno’s Barattiere showed the highest values of dry weight (6.8 g 100 g−1 fresh weight - FW), sugars (45 g kg−1 FW), and sweetness index (7.3), while Monopoli’s Barattiere showed the lowest total phenols content (21 mg kg−1 FW). Fasano’s Barattiere showed the highest content of Zn and Cu (2.3 and 0.3 mg kg−1 FW, respectively), while ‘Monopoli’ showed the highest Ba content (0.3 mg kg−1 FW) and the lowest Mg content (94 mg kg−1 FW). No differences between populations were found concerning the content of Ca, K, Na, B, Mn, and Fe. In conclusion, the quality profile of Barattiere makes this local genotype interesting for its traits, and also suggests its consumption by people with specific dietary requirements. View Full-Text
Keywords: agrobiodiversity; nutritional traits; principal component analysis; unripe melon; valorisation agrobiodiversity; nutritional traits; principal component analysis; unripe melon; valorisation
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Renna, M.; D’Imperio, M.; Gonnella, M.; Parente, A.; Santamaria, P.; Serio, F. Barattiere: An Italian Local Variety of Cucumis melo L. with Quality Traits between Melon and Cucumber. Plants 2020, 9, 578.

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