CHEMICAL FRUIT CHARACTERISTICS OF FOUR PLUM (PRUNUS DOMESTICA L.) CULTIVARS

BABEANU CRISTINA, CIOBANU ANDI

Abstract


Plums are among the most consumed fruits in Romania, being a good source of health promoting compounds. The purpose of this study was to determine the chemical fruit characteristics in four plum cultivars. Soluble solids content, reducing and total sugars, acidity and ascorbic acid content were determined. High phytochemicals content was reported for all investigated cultivars. The obtained results show that studied chemical indices vary depending on the analyzed cultivar. The highest soluble solid content (17.08%) and reducing sugars content (4.83%) have been observed in Tuleu gras cultivar. The obtained results recommend all analyzed plum cultivars as having high nutritional qualities.

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