Cambuci (Campomanesia phaea O. Berg Landrum) is a native fruit from the Atlantic Forest, with big potential of growth and opportunities generation for productive, industrial and environmental sectors. It is a rich fruit with still little known bioactive compounds, which can benefit population health and produce interest because of its commercial exploitation. However, restricted information about their physical and chemical characteristics are identified, preventing their growth within national and international markets. Consequently, studies are needed to characterize this fruit and expose its potential. The aim of this work is to characterize cambuci fruit from some locations in São Paulo state, through physical analysis: fruit size, shape, peel color, firmness, number of seeds and chemical analysis: hydrogenionic potential, ascorbic acid, soluble solids, acidity, antioxidant capacity, total phenolic compounds and tannins. In this way, we seek to contribute to its economic growth potential, valuing a native fruit and facilitating exploitation possibilities of this species.
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