Biochemical characterization


pagina-36Pumpkin contains several vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Some of those molecules act as antioxidants within our body, which means they reduce the activity of the substances prone to cause oxidation and tissue damage. In 2012 and 2013 some plots were organized in order to compare biochemical properties of Berretta di Lungavilla with the ones of two commercial landraces: Delica and Piacentina. Results state that concentrations of carotenoids, C vitamin and poliphenols in Berretta fruits are higher than the ones in Piacentina landrace and comparable to the ones in Delica. Unlike compared landraces, whose fruits tend to decay after three months of conservation at 15°C, Berretta fruits maintain their integrity and biochemical properties.


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