Fresh-Cut Produce

Quality of Waterjet- and Blade-Cut Romaine Salad

  Cutting operations for fresh-cut produce are usually accomplished by stainless steel knives. Waterjet cutting employs a very small stream of high-pressure water, and the type of nozzle, conveyor speed, and water pressure are the main factors that affect the quality of the cut. Two tests were...
M.I. Cantwell
A.A.M. Melo
G. Hong
S. Klose
University of California

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

  Codex standards for fresh fruits and vegetables and related texts such as the Code of Hygienic Practice for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables are published in this compact format to allow their wide use and understanding by governments, regulatory authorities, food industries and retailers, and...
World Health Organization
World Health Organization

Trends in Flower Marketing and Postharvest Handling in the United States

  In the past four decades, the handling and marketing of cut flowers in the United States has undergone dramatic changes. The local production and specialized retailing of the 1950’s has been replaced by a system where flowers produced almost anywhere in the world are largely sold by...
Michael S. Reid
University of California

Fresh-Cut Kale Quality and Shelf-Life in Relation to Leaf Maturity and Storage Temperature

  Kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala) is a very nutritious leafy vegetable and its consumption in freshǦcut salads has increased in recent years. Kale leaves may be harvested at different stages of maturity, resulting in a heterogeneity that may be detrimental to freshǦcut salad quality and...
K. Albornoz
M. I. Cantwell
University of California

Impact of Modified Atmospheres on the Vitamin C Content of Salad-Cut Romaine and other Lettuces

  Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) is a key technology for maintaining salad-cut lettuce quality, mainly by reducing cut-edge discoloration. However, the use of MAP may have detrimental consequences, and here we studied the impact of low-O2 atmospheres (0.2 to 1%) alone or in combination...
M. I. Cantwell
G. Hong
L. Schmidt
H. Ermen
University of California

Sustainable Food Production Practices in the Caribbean

  Contents: 1. The role of small producers, family farms and women farmers in sustainable food production and food security 2. Youth: Adding value to agriculture in the Caribbean 3. Small animal production systems: Rabbits and ducks 4. Rain shelters and net-houses for vegetable production 5....
Wayne G. Ganpat
Wendy-Ann P. Isaac
Ian Randle Publishers

Control of Red Discoloration of Fresh-Cut Sunchoke Tubers

  Sunchokes (Helianthus tuberosus L.) are inulin-accumulating tubers native to North America that are edible raw or cooked, and have good potential as a fresh-cut product. Sunchokes perform well as fresh-cut slices except for the development of a reddish discoloration on the cut surface. Dip...
T. Wang
Q. Wang
F. Pupin
M.I Cantwell
University of California

Packaging of Agricultural Products

  This booklet is intended to be a practical manual that describes methods and materials that can be used by small-scale producers in developing countries to package agricultural products. It covers foods that are grown and/or processed on farms and then transported to wholesale markets or...
Peter Fellows
Agromisa , CTA

Quality and Physiology of Two Cultivars of Fresh-Cut Figs in Relation to Ripeness, Storage Temperature and Controlled Atmosphere

  The performance of freshǦcut figs was evaluated for two cultivars at two stages of ripeness (commercial and full ripe). Texture, but not external color, was a consistent indicator of ripeness. Fresh-cut figs (maroon-skin ‘Brown Turkey’ and yellow-green skin ‘Sierra’...
G. Hong
C. Crisosto
M. I. Cantwell
University of California

New Strategies in Transportation for Floricultural Crops

  In the past century, the centers of production and consumption of ornamentals increasingly have become widely separated. A cut flower bouquet purchased today in a Verona florist could easily combine Italian foliage with flowers grown in Kenya, Colombia, Holland and Thailand. The extended...
M.S. Reid
C.Z. Jiang
University of California