Postharvest of Fruit and Vegetables

Growing Table Grapes in a Temperate Climate

  Introduction: Table grapes have become a very popular fruit in the United States. Annual per capita consumption of table grapes in the United States has quadrupled over the past quarter century. It now exceeds 7 pounds per person, and grapes rank fourth after bananas, apples and oranges....
Thomas J. Zabadal

Heat Treatment Affects Postharvest Quality of Kale and Collard, but not of Brussel Sprouts

Mature leaves of kale and collard, and Brussels sprouts were heated by moist air at 40, 45, 50, or 55ºC for durations of 0, 30, 60, or 90 minutes. Heating of kale at 45 ºC for 30 minutes was effective in maintaining better postharvest quality, delaying yellowing, and...
Chien Y. Wang

Dragon Fruit Assessment Manual

  This protocol seeks to provide a standard methodology for the experimentation and assessment of Dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus (Haw.)) in the collaborative project funded by the New Zealand ADAF project (Vietnam Quarantine Barriers Assignment). This will aid in the exchange of information...
Allan Woolf
Do Minh Hien
Thai Thi Hoa
Nguyen Minh Chau
Richard Jackman
Chris Clark
The Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand Ltd

Estimated Fresh Produce Shrink and Food Loss in U.S. Supermarkets

Data on fresh fruit and vegetable shrink in supermarkets is important to help understand where and how much shrink could potentially be reduced by supermarkets to increase their profitability. This study provides: (1) shrink estimates for 24 fresh fruits and 31 fresh vegetables in U.S. supermarkets...
J. C. Buzby
J. T. Bentley
B. Padera
C. Ammon
J. Campuzano

Effect of Wrapping Materials and Cold Storage Durations on Quality of Plum (cv. Shablon)

This study was conducted on the effect of wrapping material and cold storage duration on plum (cv. Shablon) during cold storage at -1°C temperature and 98% relative humidity. Three wrapping materials (news paper + straw, kraft paper and kraft paper + straw) and five cold storage durations (0, 8...
Fariborz Naserzaeim
Majid Rashidi
Saeed Sayfzadeh
Agricultural Engineering Research Journal

Postharvest cooling and handling of field- and greenhouse-grown tomatoes

Although considered a vegetable by most people, tomatoes are actually the fruit of several plants of the genus Lycopersicon. Tomatoes are one of the leading produce items in the United States in terms of value and volume consumes. Preserving the quality of the fruit from vine to consumer...
M.D. Boyette
D.C. Sanders
E.A. Estes
North Carolina State University

Design of Room Cooling Facilities: Structural & Energy Requirements

Although cooling increases production cost, it is essential to maintaining high product quality. No amount of cooling, however, will improve poor-quality produce. If you wish to have high-quality produce after cooling and storage, you must start with high-quality produce. Maintaining quality...
M. D. Boyette
L. G. Wilson
E. A. Estes
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

Tolerance of Sugar Snap Peas to Modified Atmospheres with High Concentrations of Carbon Dioxide

  Current recommendations for maintaining quality of sugar snap peas in storage include low temperatures, but not modified atmospheres (MA). However, sugar snap peas may be unintentionally exposed to MA when shipped in ‘bag in box’ bulk packaging, or intentionally exposed when used...
M. Cantwell
M. Saltveit
Acta Horticulturae

Tolerance of Grape Tomatoes to Controlled Atmospheres at Low Temperature

  Grape and cherry tomatoes comprise about one quarter of retail tomato sales in the United States and are also important components in fresh-cut mixed vegetable trays. The latter require low temperatures and packaging which can produce a range of modified atmospheres (MA) to achieve 14 days...
M. Cantwell
M. Saltveit
Acta Horticulturae

Compositional and Marketable Quality of Fresh-Cut Florets of Four Specialty Brassicas in Relation to Controlled Atmosphere Storage

  Brassica vegetables are consumed year-round as raw salad or cooked ingredients. Four Brassica species were selected for this study, broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica), broccoli raab (Brassica rapa L.), choisum (Brassica rapa var. parachinensis), and gailan (Brassica oleracea var....
M. Cefola
B. Pace
G. Colelli
M. Cantwell
Acta Horticulturae