Chemical and Physicochemical Characterization of Winter Squash (Cucurbita moschata D.)

  • Noelia JACOBO-VALENZUELA Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Maestría en Ciencia y Tecnología de Alimentos, 1354, Culiacán, Sin
  • Jose de Jesus ZAZUETA-MORALES Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Maestría en Ciencia y Tecnología de Alimentos, 1354, Culiacán, Sin
  • Jose Alberto GALLEGOS-INFANTE Instituto Tecnologico de Durango, Programa de Doctorado en Ciencias en Ingenieria Bioquimica. Felipe Pescador 1830 Ote 34080 Durango, Dgo.
  • Floridelia AGUILAR-GUTIERREZ Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Maestría en Ciencia y Tecnología de Alimentos, 1354, Culiacán, Sin
  • Irma Leticia CAMACHO-HERNANDEZ Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Maestría en Ciencia y Tecnología de Alimentos, 1354, Culiacán, Sin
  • Nuria Elizabeth ROCHA-GUZMAN Instituto Tecnologico de Durango, Programa de Doctorado en Ciencias en Ingenieria Bioqui­mica. Felipe Pescador 1830 Ote 34080 Durango, Dgo.
  • Ruben Francisco GONZALEZ-LAREDO Instituto Tecnologico de Durango, Programa de Doctorado en Ciencias en Ingenieria Bioqui­mica. Felipe Pescador 1830 Ote 34080 Durango, Dgo.

Abstract

Winter squash cv 'Cehualca' (Cucurbita moschata Duchense) is a seasonal crop that has been used as food and animal feed. The objective of the present study was to characterize physical, chemical and physicochemical properties of the winter squash cv 'Cehualca'. Morphological, chemical and physicochemical analyses were performed, including fiber, carotenoids, phenolic and mineral contents in the winter squash. The morphological analysis showed that the squash 'Cehualca' did not have a homogeneous morphology. Data about their physical and physicochemical characteristics showed large variability. Also, high content of carotenoids and dietary fiber was observed in squash. The oil and total phenolic content was low in comparison with other fruits. The mineral content exceeded the values recommended to meet the nutritional needs of consumers, except for sodium (both in pulp and shell), potassium and magnesium in the shell.

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Published
2011-05-30
How to Cite
JACOBO-VALENZUELA, N., ZAZUETA-MORALES, J. de J., GALLEGOS-INFANTE, J. A., AGUILAR-GUTIERREZ, F., CAMACHO-HERNANDEZ, I. L., ROCHA-GUZMAN, N. E., & GONZALEZ-LAREDO, R. F. (2011). Chemical and Physicochemical Characterization of Winter Squash (Cucurbita moschata D.). Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 39(1), 34-40. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha3915848
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