Gatti E.,Institute of Biometeorology IBIMET CN |
Di Virgilio N.,Institute of Biometeorology IBIMET CN |
Magli M.,Institute of Biometeorology IBIMET CN |
Predieri S.,Institute of Biometeorology IBIMET CN
Journal of Food Quality | Year: 2011
Apple cultivars were subjected to a consumer test in order to appreciate individual preferences and set up a protocol for a practical hedonic-sensory evaluation. Cultivars subjected to the test were "Golden Delicious,""Modì,""Pink Lady" and "Fuji" of two different origins. Apples had the sensory profile defined by a trained panel and were evaluated by 154 consumers. According to their preferences, consumer population could be divided in six clusters. Consumer preference responses clearly associated the two "Fuji" and showed "Modì" and "Pink Lady" to have appeal on the same consumers groups. Besides expressing hedonic judgment, consumers were requested to indicate the positive sensory attributes determining their choice. Consumers appreciated "Golden Delicious" and "Fuji" on the basis of sweetness and aroma, while preferences for "Pink Lady" and "Modì" were expressed by consumers appreciating crispness, juiciness and a certain degree of acidity. The involvement of consumers in defining attributes driving preferences provides details useful for weighing up the consistency between consumers' response and sensory panel profile. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc..