Sensory profile and acceptability of hydrosostainable almonds

  • Leontina Lipan /
  • Marina Cano-Lamadrid /
  • Mireia Corell /
  • Esther Sendra /
  • Francisca Hernández /
  • Laura Stan /
  • Dan Cristian Vodnar /
  • Laura Vázquez-Araújo /
  • ángel A. Carbonell-Barrachina
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  • Volumen: 8
  • Número: 2
  • Fecha: 01 febrero 2019
  • ISSN: 23048158
  • Tipo de fuente: Revista
  • DOI: 10.3390/foods8020064
  • Tipo de documento: Artículo
  • Editorial: MDPI Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing
© 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.Fresh water availability is considered highly risky because it is a finite resource, and a deficiency in water leads to numerous economic and environmental issues. Agriculture is one of the main consumers of fresh water in practices such as irrigation and fertilization. In this context, the main objectives of this study were (i) to determine the descriptive sensory profiles of four almond types grown using different irrigation strategies and (ii) to study their acceptance in a cross-cultural study (Romania and Spain). Consumers' willingness to pay for hydroSOS almonds was also evaluated. The four irrigation strategies evaluated were a control sample, two samples grown under regulated deficit irrigation strategies (RDI), and a sample grown under a sustained deficit irrigation strategy (SDI). The main conclusion was that neither descriptive nor affective sensory results showed significant differences among treatments. These findings should encourage farmers to reduce their water usage by demonstrating that sensory quality was not significantly affected by any of the studied treatments, compared to the control. Regarding willingness to pay, both Spanish and Romanian consumers were willing to pay a higher price for the hydroSOS almonds.

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