A comprehensive lexicon is a necessary communication tool between the panel leader and panelists to describe each sensory stimulus potentially evoked by a product. In the current scientific breeding and trading scenario, a multilingual sensory lexicon is necessary to ensure the consistency of sensory evaluations when tests are conducted across countries and/or with international panelists. This study aimed to develop a reference multilingual lexicon for raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) and blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) to perform comparative sensory tests through panels operating in different countries using their native language. Attributes were collected from state-of-the-art literature and integrated with a detailed description of the sensory stimulus associated with each term. A panel of sensory judges was trained to test lexicon efficacy. After training, panelists evaluated three cultivars of blueberry and raspberry through RATA (Rate All That Apply), which allowed missing attributes to be excluded while rating those actually present. Results showed the discerning efficacy of the lexicon developed can be a valuable tool for planning sensory evaluations held in different countries, opening up further possibilities to enrich blueberry and raspberry descriptor lists with emerging terms from local experience and evaluations of berry genotypes with peculiar traits.
Development and Validation of a Multilingual Lexicon as a Key Tool for the Sensory Analyses and Consumer Tests of Blueberry and Raspberry Fruit / Lippi, N; Senger, E; Karhu, S; Mezzetti, B; Cianciabella, M; Denoyes, B; Sonmez, Da; Fidelis, M; Gatti, E; Hofer, M; Kafkas, Ne; Mazzoni, L; Mccallum, S; Olbricht, K; Orsucci, S; Osorio, S; Pinczinger, D; Predieri, S; Rokka, S; Sanchez-Sevilla, Jf; Savini, G; Soria, C; Usadel, B; Zucchi, P; Chiara, M. - In: AGRICULTURE. - ISSN 2077-0472. - 13:2(2023), p. 314. [10.3390/agriculture13020314]