A Preliminary Study Concerning the Forest Fruits Consumption

Adriana MAN

Abstract


The fruit consumption has many health benefits with role in reduction of chronic diseases, reason for the World Health Organization (WHO) to recommend the consumption of a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables per day (World Health Organization, 1990; World Health Organization & Food and Agriculture Organization, 2002). Additionally, it is known and recent studies confirm that many wild fruits have higher active properties than the cultivated ones (Giovanelli & Buratti, 2009; Koka & Karadeniz, 2009) which includes them in a new commercial category, the one of the super-fruits (Starling, 2007; Watson, 2007). A preliminary study was done to analyze the perceptions of urban consumers regarding the forest fruits with 32 people in the month of May 2009. The questionnaire contains questions about the type of forest fruits consumed, way of use, place of purchase and others. Further in this paper are analyzed only the frequencies of the variables; cross-tabulations with age, gender, income and study level did not show significance for this small sample.

Keywords


urban consumers, perceptions, fresh forest fruits

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15835/buasvmcn-hort:4400


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