African Journal of
Food Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Food Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0794
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJFS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 974

Full Length Research Paper

Evaluation of fruit quality traits of traditional varieties of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) grown in Tunisia

Amira Ben Aoun, Belgacem Lechiheb, Leila Benyahya and Ali Ferchichi
Institut des Régions Arides, Laboratoire d’aridoculture et cultures oasiennes, 4119 Médenine, Tunisia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 16 September 2013
  •  Published: 31 October 2013


Physicochemical, nutritional, agronomic and sensorial parameters, which define fruit quality of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), were evaluated in 13 traditional varieties collected from several localities in Tunisia, using three commercial varieties as controls. Several varieties were identified as better score for total solid, soluble solid, sugars/acid ratio and vitamin C concentration than the commercial varieties. These varieties could be a resource of good quality in breeding programmes. The correlation between specific parameter seen in this study showed that the local varieties can be differentiated, not just as a function of their morphological attributes but also as a function of theirorganoleptic, nutritional and sensorial quality.

Key words: Tomato, quality, selection, breeding programme.