Food Science and Technology (Campinas)
Print version ISSN 0101-2061
CUQUEL, Francine Lorena; OLIVEIRA, Charla Fátima Spezzatto de and LAVORANTI, Osmir José. Sensory profile of eleven peach cultivars. Ciênc. Tecnol. Aliment. [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.1, pp.70-75. Epub Feb 06, 2012. ISSN 0101-2061. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-20612012005000011.
The goal of this study was to evaluate the sensory profile of eleven peach cultivars grown in an experimental orchard located in the city of Lapa (PR, Brazil) in two seasons. The peach cultivars analyzed were Aurora I, Chimarrita, Chiripá, Coral, Eldorado, Granada, Leonense, Maciel, Marli, Premier, and Vanguarda. The sensory analysis was performed by previously trained panelists; 20 of them in the first season and 10 in the second season. The sensory evaluation was performed using Quantitative Descriptive Analysis, in which the following attributes were measured: appearance, aroma, flesh color, flesh firmness, flavor, and juiciness. The results showed preference for sweet, soft, and juicy fruits. Chimarrita, Chiripá, and Coral fruits showed better sensorial performance than the other peach cultivars. It was also verified that the analysis of the attributes aroma, flesh firmness, and flavor is enough for performing the sensory profile of peach fruits for in natura consumption.
Keywords : Prunus persicae; stone fruit; hedonic test; post harvest.