Influence of maturity at harvest, N fertiliser and postharvest storage on dry matter, ascorbic acid and β‐carotene contents of vegetable amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus)
Source: International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation, Volume 2, Number 2, June 2011 , pp. 180-196(17)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:Vegetable amaranth is a leafy vegetable traditionally grown in sub‐Saharan Africa and Asia where it is the most consumed traditional vegetable. It is considered to have high nutritional quality, containing relatively large amounts of vitamins A and C. We have assessed the influence of the maturity of the vegetable and soil nutrition on the visual and nutritional quality of amaranth. We found that leaf ascorbic acid content is strongly influenced by both maturity and soil nutrition, with leaves of seven week old matured plants having the highest content. β‐carotene increased with increasing amount of soil nitrogen and with increasing plant age. The loss of both visual and nutritional quality during storage was influenced more by maturity at harvest and the temperature of storage than the soil nutrition.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Plant Science and Crop Protection Department, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 29053 00625 Kangemi, Nairobi, Kenya. 2: Horticultural Supply Chains, Plant Sciences Department, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 16, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands. 3: Food Science, Nutrition and Technology, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 29053 00625 Kangemi, Nairobi, Kenya. 4: Horticultural Supply Chains, Plant Sciences Department, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 16, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
Publication date: June 2011