Physicochemical characterization and antioxidant activity of wild Physalis spp. genotypes

  • Aleyda Pérez- Herrera Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT). Av. Insurgentes Sur 1582, Col. Crédito Constructor, Del. Benito Juárez C.P.: 03940, Ciudad de México. Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigación para el Desarrollo Integral Regional-Unidad Oaxaca. Hornos No. 1003, Col. Noche Buena, Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, 71230, Oaxaca, México.
  • Gabino Alberto Martínez- Gutiérrez Investigación para el Desarrollo Integral Regional-Unidad Oaxaca. Hornos No. 1003, Col. Noche Buena, Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, 71230, Oaxaca, México.
  • Isidro Morales Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigación para el Desarrollo Integral Regional-Unidad Oaxaca. Hornos No. 1003, Col. Noche Buena, Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, 71230, Oaxaca, México.
  • Marco Antonio Sánchez- Medina Departamento de Ingeniería Química y Bioquímica, Instituto Tecnológico de Oaxaca. Av. Ing. Víctor Bravo Ahuja No. 125 Esq. Calz. Tecnológico, C.P. 68030, Oaxaca, México.
  • Cirenio Escamirosa- Tinoco Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigación para el Desarrollo Integral Regional-Unidad Oaxaca. Hornos No. 1003, Col. Noche Buena, Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, 71230, Oaxaca, México.


The center of origin and domestication of Physalis spp. is Mexico, where 70 wild species and only two cultivated species are found. Fruits of wild husk tomato are collected by farmers for home consumption or for sale in local markets, where prices are higher than for the cultivated husk tomato. Despite their economic and nutritional importance, they have been little studied. The objective of this study was to determine phytochemical properties, nutritional value, total contents of phenol, anthocyanins and flavonoids, and the antioxidant capacity of the fruits of five wild genotypes of Physalis spp (Quialana, Jalieza, Vigallo, Ejutla and Miahuatlán), collected in the corn harvest season in five localities of Oaxaca, Mexico. The genotypes Quialana and Miahuatlán had the best physical characteristics, but their antioxidant capacity was lower than that of the genotypes Jalieza, Vigallo and Ejutla, which did not exhibit physical characteristics that are attractive for consumers. Moreover, the high contents of phenols and flavonoids, as well as the antioxidant capacity of all the wild genotypes studied, showed that Physalis spp. is an option for more frequent inclusion in the population’s diet. However, because of food globalization issues, production, commercialization and consumption of these wild species is disappearing.


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Herrera, A. P.-, G. A. M.- Gutiérrez, I. Morales, M. A. S.- Medina, and C. E.- Tinoco. “Physicochemical Characterization and Antioxidant Activity of Wild Physalis Spp. Genotypes”. Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, Vol. 33, no. 6, Aug. 2021, pp. 458-64, doi: Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.
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