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Revista Brasileira de Plantas Medicinais

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MULLER, N.G. et al. Phytochemical potentialities of melon (Cucumis melo L.) in the northwest region of Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil. Rev. bras. plantas med. [online]. 2013, vol.15, n.2, pp.194-198. ISSN 1516-0572.

The melon (Cucumis melo L.) is a fruit highly appreciated for its qualities and its production has been growing and gaining space in the national and in the international market. In regions like the northwest of Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil, it stands out as a new income alternative for farmers. In this context, this study aimed to analyze the phytochemical potential of some melon cultivars in the northwest region of Rio Grande do Sul. The phytochemical analysis, using the leaves as pharmacogen, was performed to verify the presence of secondary metabolites such as saponins, coumarins, cardiac glycosides, cyanogenetic glicosides, alkaloids, tannins, anthraquinones, flavonoids and volatile oils. The juice content from the fruits was also evaluated. Among the five analyzed cultivars, Gaucho, Imperial, Hy Mark, Magelan and Cantaloupe, cultivar Gaucho had the greatest variety of secondary metabolites. In the assessment of the juice content, cultivar Magelan was superior compared to the remaining tested cultivars.

Keywords : Cucumis melo L.; phytochemical analysis; juice content.

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