Evaluation and comparison of the physicochemical properties of different varieties of citrus species
HMD Herath, VGG Chandrajith, KKDS Ranaweera
The objective of the present study was to investigate the physicochemical properties of seven sub families of citrus species from family Rutaceae. Citrus fruits (Citrus Species), from the family Rutaceae, consist of seven subfamilies with 148 genera. The seven sub families are Citrus aurentifolia (Dehi/Lime), Citrus medica (Sidaran), Citrus sinensis (Pani dodam), Citrus reticulate (Heen naran), Citrus madurensis (Nas naran), Citrus limon (Lemon dehi), Citrus sinensis (Oranges). Fruit samples from each variety were analyzed as per; weight per fruit and the hardness of the peel of each variety and the juice weight, volume per fruit, pH, and Total conductivity, Brix value, Vitamin C content and the titratable acidity of each variety were analyzed according to AOAC methods. Finally the data was statistically analyzed using Minitab 17 statistical package. According to the results it can be stated that at 0.05 significant level there are some differences in analyzed parameters among the species.