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Pitahaya (pitaya) (Hylocereus spp.)

Le Bellec F., Vaillant F.. 2011. In : Yahia Elhadi M. (ed.). Postharvest biology and technology of tropical and subtropical fruits. Mangosteen to white sapote. Cambridge : Woodhead Publishing, p. 247-271. (Woodhead publishing in food science, technology and nutrition, 209).

While pitahaya (Hylocereus spp.) was originally domesticated by pre-Columbian Americans, it was still practically unknown until the mid-1990s in most parts of the world. Pitahaya is now a member of the `small exotic fruits' category in many shops, though it remains a minor player. This is chapter gives an initial evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of this new fruit. Commercially, pitahaya appear to have numerous selling points; pitahaya's fruit is attractive in shape and color, and it has very good internal properties of high interest for the food industry. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés : utilisation; commercialisation; technologie après récolte; composition chimique; botanique; pratique culturale; protection des plantes; agronomie; hylocereus; costa rica; pitahaya

Thématique : Culture des plantes; Protection des végétaux : considérations générales; Taxonomie végétale et phyto-géographie; Traitement et conservation des produits alimentaires

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