Investigations of anthocyanins, organic acids, and sugars show great variability in nutritional value of European cranberry (<i>Vaccinium oxycoccos</i>) fruit

  • Laima Česonienė Vytautas Magnus University
  • Remigijus Daubaras Vytautas Magnus University
  • Ina Jasutienė Kaunas University of Technology
  • Inga Miliauskienė Kaunas University of Technology
  • Marcin Zych University of Warsaw
Keywords: cluster analysis, genotypes, phytochemical components

Abstract

Increased consumer interest in nutraceutical-rich foods in relation to human health has resulted in the increased use of cranberries in the modern diet. Berries of wild European cranberry clones and cultivars show great variation in yield, colour and quantities of biologically active compounds. In the present study, we estimate the production of different phytochemical components in 40 genotypes of Vaccinium oxycoccos. Our main goal was to identify genotypes that have superior economic attributes, such as high levels of anthocyanins, organic acids and easily digestible carbohydrates. As a result, two wild clones of Lithuanian origin (98-C-17 and 98-C-15), and the Estonian cultivar ‘Maima’ were selected as the most valuable in terms of TAC, organic acid, fructose and glucose concentrations.

Author Biographies

Laima Česonienė, Vytautas Magnus University

Kaunas Botanical Garden

research worker

Remigijus Daubaras, Vytautas Magnus University

Kaunas Botanical Garden

senior research worker

Ina Jasutienė, Kaunas University of Technology

Food Institute

research worker

Inga Miliauskienė, Kaunas University of Technology
Food Institute
junior research worker
Marcin Zych, University of Warsaw

Botanic Garden, Faculty of Biology

Associate Professor

Published
2015-11-25