Improved flavour acceptability of cherry tomatoes. Target group: children.
Acceptability of tomato fruit flavour was investigated. To vary flavour, contents of glucose, fructose and citric acid were added to diced fruit, resulting a range of 3 to 8 g reducing sugars/100 FM and 430-700 mg titratable acid/l00 g FM. Significant sweetness and sourness changes were determined by descriptive analysis, tomato-like flavour remained unchanged. Consumer tests with children aged 7-11 years were used to rate flavour acceptability. Most accepted combinations of acid and sugar were identified (4.5-6.5 g sugar/100 g FM; 540-640 mg acid/100g FM). Cluster analysis allowed to separate three clusters with different response to sugars and acid concentrations. Forty five percent of the children did not respond, 30% liked low sugar concentrations (<3 g/100 g FM) most, 25% preferred ≈6.5 g/100 g FM at a wide range of acid concentrations. There was little evidence of differences with respect to gender, age, body weight and length between the cluster members, but the liking of sweet and acidic solutions differed.
Brückner, B.; Schonhof, I.; Schrödter, R.; Kornelson, C. 2007. Improved flavour acceptability of cherry tomatoes. Target group: children. Food Quality and Preference 18 (1), 152-160.