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Biophysical characterisation of Dacryodes edulis fruits from three markets in Cameroon

Biophysical characterisation of Dacryodes edulis fruits from three markets in Cameroon

Studies were done in order to assess variation in fruit size and weight, nut size and
weight and determinate relationships between these characteristics and price using 149
samples of Dacryodes edulis fruits from three markets at the peak of season in
Cameroon. 50 samples per market in two markets (Mfoundi market [Yaonde] and
Makenene centre market) and 49 samples in Makenene East market were bought
randomly from traders. The measurement of 10 characteristics of 24 fruits per sample
identified significant variation in fruit size and weight and nut weight in each market.
Fruit price was found to vary with flesh mass, fruit mass and fruit size in retailers
markets while wholsalers don’t take into account fruit variability. In contrast, pulp price
per kg was negatively correlated with flesh weight in wholesalers’ markets. The most
frequent skin colour was “georgetown lime” (29A7 in the Methuen colour code) and the
most frequent flesh colour was violet (18D6 in the Methuen colour code). From this
study, Dacryodes edulis fruit ideotype fetching highest price in the retailers markets is
characterized by length, flesh and fruit mass and white skin colour.

Authors: Atangana, A.R.; Asaah, E.; Tchoundjeu, Z.; Awono, A.; Schreckenberg, K.; Leakey, R.R.B.

Topic: Dacryodes edulis,fruits,quality,prices,markets,non-timber forest products,conferences

Geographic: Cameroon

Publisher: Presses Universitaires d'Afrique, Yaounde, Cameroon

Publication Year: 2002

Source: Kengue, J., Kapseu, C., Kayem, G.J. (eds.) Third international workshop on the improvement of safou and other non-conventional oil crops. Yaounde, Cameroon, 3-5 October 2000.. 106-118

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