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Nutritional compounds in figs from the southern mediterranean region


Nutritive value of mature figs (Ficus carica L.) was investigated in five Tunisian cultivars, ‘Bouhouli’ (BHL) and ‘Zidi’ (ZD) (dark skin figs); ‘Thgagli’ (THG), ‘Bidhi’ (BD), and ‘Khedri’ (KHD) (yellow-green skin figs). Sugars, organic acids, fibres, and polyphenols were analysed in representative fruit samples from two distinct regions known to develop fig crops. Tunisian figs were characterized by predominance of glucose (6.30 g/100 g fresh weight) and fructose (5.10 g/100 g fresh weight). Citric acid (0.35 g/100 g fresh weight) was the major organic acid in all cultivars, almost three times higher than malic acid (0.13 g/100 g fresh weight). Average content of alcohol insoluble solids was 3.3 g/100 g FW. Four main polyphenols could be identified: two anthocyanins (cyanidin-3-glucoside; cyanidin-3-rutinoside), one flavonol (rutin), and one hydroxycinnamic acid (5-cafeoylquinic acid), revealed only in ‘BD’ samples. Cyanidin-3-rutinoside was the most abundant compound among all cultivars. Compared to common fruit, figs are among high sugar leveled fruit with significant dietary fibre content. Dark skin ‘ZD’ fruit were the most interesting figs with the highest concentration of sugars, organic acids, and polyphenols, especially cyanidin- 3-rutinoside. This cultivar could be better advised for fresh consumption. However, the three lighter cultivars are more suitable for drying.
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hal-02631691 , version 1 (27-05-2020)



Mehdi Trad, Carine Le Bourvellec-Samour, Badii Gaaliche, Catherine M.G.C. Renard, Messaoud Mars. Nutritional compounds in figs from the southern mediterranean region. International Journal of Food Properties, 2014, 17 (3), pp.491-499. ⟨10.1080/10942912.2011.642447⟩. ⟨hal-02631691⟩
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