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Research Paper | Nutrition Science | Nigeria | Volume 3 Issue 5, May 2014

A Study in the Variability of Some Nutrient Contents of Watermelon (Citrullus Lanatus) Before and after Ripening Consumed Within Kano Metropolis; Nigeria

Muhammad Abdullahi Said

The composition of some organic and mineral contents in the pulp of Citrullus lanatus (watermelon) through two stages of development namely unripe and riped were determined. The result obtained revealed that ripe Citrullus lanatus contains large amount of carbohydrate (6.5 %) as compared with the amount detected in the unripe (3.5 %).The moisture (water) content was found to be very high in the fruits at both the two stages (unripe 94.8 % and ripe 91.5 %). Lastly some mineral contents quantity were also determine as follows; for the unripe (potassium 0.81 %; calcium 0.31 % and Iron 0.004 %) while for the ripe (potassium 0.89 %; calcium 0.29 % and Iron 0.005 %). The output of this research shows that both organic and mineral content watermelon increases with ripening; whereas the moisture content decreases.

Keywords: Citrullus lanatus, Organic content, Mineral content, Moisture content, Unripe and Ripe

Edition: Volume 3 Issue 5, May 2014

Pages: 1365 - 1368

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Muhammad Abdullahi Said, "A Study in the Variability of Some Nutrient Contents of Watermelon (Citrullus Lanatus) Before and after Ripening Consumed Within Kano Metropolis; Nigeria", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), https://www.ijsr.net/search_index_results_paperid.php?id=20132080, Volume 3 Issue 5, May 2014, 1365 - 1368



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