Here we attempt to clarify contemporary scientific findings ofRubusfruit phenolics, focusing mainly on published peer-reviewed work from the last 6 years. Our review focuses on research papers that identified phenolics ofRubusfruit, although other edible parts ofRubusplants (i.e. leaves, roots) also contain phenolics. With an increased awareness given to the potential health benefits of consuming berries high in phenolics, efforts have been directed at enhancingRubusfruit quality and colour (through plant selection, harvesting, storage, etc.) for processors and consumers alike. Assessment of any progress requires knowing the state of the starting material, so effective research intoRubusphenolics relies upon the accurate identification of the components inRubusfruit in the initial investigations. We have summarised these reports into three sections: anthocyanins, phenolic monomers other than anthocyanins, and phenolic polymers. More work is needed in identification and quantification, and further opportunities remain for deciphering and clarifying existing phenolic information forRubusfruit.
► Clarified and compiled a comprehensive summary ofRubusfruit phenolics. ► Summarised into three groups: anthocyanins, non-anthocyanin phenolic monomers, and non-anthocyanin phenolic polymers. ►Rubusfruit phenolics require further elucidation and comprehension.
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