Sensory and quality analysis of different melon cultivars after prolonged storage
The purpose of this work was to evaluate the sensory and general quality of four different melon cultivars (Cucumis melo L.) immediately after harvest and at the end of storage and marketing simulation. After 16 days of storage at 58C and additional 3 days at 20 8C, only cultivar ‘C-8’ had a poor general appearance due to significant low firmness and relatively high decay incidence compared to the cultivars ‘5080’, ‘Ideal’ and ‘7302’. The cultivar ‘7302’ was found to have the higher overall quality. The human-sensory and organoleptic analyses revealed that the cultivars can be differentiated on the basis of retronasal odour. The texture of the melons seems to be dependent on the genotype. All the complex perceptions analysed in this work contribute to the acceptability, which is in the fresh fruits of ‘7302’ the best and in ‘Ideal’ the worst. After storage and marketing simulation ‘Ideal’ and ‘C-8’ are no longer favoured, but ‘5080’ and ‘7302’, despite different characters, were found to be similarly accepted. It can be concluded that with the aid of the human-sensory method developed to characterize the melon varieties it is possible to distinguish the different genotypes.