African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6786

Full Length Research Paper

Oil quality and aroma composition of ‘Chemlali’ olive trees (Olea europaea L.) under three irrigation regimes

Hechmi Chehab1*, Manel Issaoui2, Guido Flamini3, Beligh Mechri2, Faouzi Attia4, Cioni Pier Luigi3, Dalenda Boujnah1 and Mohamed Hammami2
1Institute of Olivier of Sousse, Tunisia. 2Laboratoire de Biochimie UR  ‘Nutrition Humaine et Altérations Métaboliques’ Faculté de Médecine, Rue Avicenne, 5019 Monastir, Tunisie. 3 Dipartimento di Chimica Bioorganica e Biofarmacia, via Bonanno 33, 56126 Pisa, Italy. 4Agronutrition Parc Activestre-3 avenue de l'Orchidée 31390 carbonne- France.
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  •  Accepted: 21 November 2013
  •  Published: 12 December 2013


The present work focused on the chemical composition of monovarietal virgin olive oil from the cultivar Chemlali cultivated in the South of Tunisia: sub-arid zone under three different irrigation regimes: stressed, moderate and well irrigation treatment with the restitution of 50, 75 and 100% of crop evapotranspiration (ETc), respectively. Quality characteristics (acidity and peroxide value) and chemical data (antioxidant compound, fatty acids volatile compounds and oxidative stability) were studied in addition to the pomological characteristic of olive fruit. Results show that there were significant differences observed in oil composition according to the irrigation regime applied. Total phenols, bitterness intensity and LOX products content showed the highest values for low irrigation regime, whereas polyunsaturated fatty acid and oxidative susceptibility values had highest values for olive oil from well irrigated trees. Analytic characteristic of fruits showed the highest values of pulp/stone ratios from olive trees irrigated by the highest amount of water.


Key words: Virgin olive oil, phenols, volatile compounds, oxidative stability.