European Food Research and Technology

, Volume 223, Issue 6, pp 737–741 | Cite as

Effects of cultivation area and year on proximate composition and antinutrients in three different kabuli-type chickpea (Cicer arientinum) varieties

  • Demetra Nikolopoulou
  • Kriton GrigorakisEmail author
  • Maria Stasini
  • Maria Alexis
  • Konstantinos Iliadis
Original Paper


Three different varieties of kabuli-type chickpeas were cultivated in three different cultivation areas and for two years. An evaluation was carried out to see the effect of year, of variety and cultivation area on the nutritional value of chickpeas i.e. the proximate composition, the sugars (starch, non-starch polysaccharides, rafinose series oligosaccharides and sucrose) and tannins and phytic acid contents. The cultivation area, the cultivation year and the plant variety, as well as their interactions significantly affect the composition and the sugars contents in chickpea. High proportion of the total variation for all studied parameters explained by the main effects of variety indicates a significant heritability for them. Cultivation area was found to have a significant effect on starch contents, RSO, tannins and phytic acid. Year was found to affect fat contents, NSP and sucrose contents. Rainfall is the climate characteristic that may be responsible for these year-dependent differences.


Chickpea Composition Antinutrients Sugars Variety Year Cultivation area 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Demetra Nikolopoulou
    • 1
  • Kriton Grigorakis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Stasini
    • 2
  • Maria Alexis
    • 1
  • Konstantinos Iliadis
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of NutritionHellenic Centre for Marine ResearchAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Food TechnologyTechnical Educational Institute of AthensAthensGreece
  3. 3.National Agronomic Research Foundation (NAGREF)Fodder Crops and Pasture InstituteLarisaGreece

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