Chapter: Post-Harvest Management of Fruits and Vegetable Stems in "Agro-ecology, Cultivation and Uses of Cactus Pear"
This chapter provides an overview of the quality and post-harvest physiology and handling of the fruits and vegetable stems of Opuntia sp. pl. The Spanish-language names, tunas and "nopalitos" are used interchangeably with the English-language terms "cactus fruits" and "cactus or vegetable stems". Since the production and post-harvest management of cactus fruits and vegetable stems is distinct, they are considered separately in this review.