Quality Retention and Shelf-life Extension in Mediterranean Cucumbers Coated with a Pectin-based Film

M. Moalemiyan, H. S. Ramaswamy

Abstract


Edible coating is a simple and inexpensive concept for extending post-harvest life of fruits and vegetables. In this study, cucumbers were coated with different pectin-based emulsions to preserve the fruit quality and extend the post harvest shelf life. The formulations consisted of pectin, beeswax, sorbitol, water, and an emulsifying agent. By monitoring the physiological and quality parameters, the coating effects on the storability of cucumber fruits at 23°C and 40% RH (display cabinet), and 12°C and 85% RH (cold room) were determined. The parameters included weight loss, respiration rate, firmness, color, soluble solids and chlorophyll content. The coating markedly reduced weight loss and respiration rate at both temperatures. In addition, the coating reduced loss of firmness, color, chlorophyll and total soluble solids, and extended the storage life of cucumber fruits at both storage conditions.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/jfr.v1n3p159

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Journal of Food Research   ISSN 1927-0887(Print)   ISSN 1927-0895(Online)

Copyright © Canadian Center of Science and Education

To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add the 'ccsenet.org' domain to your e-mail 'safe list'. If you do not receive e-mail in your 'inbox', check your 'bulk mail' or 'junk mail' folders.