Efficacy of edible coatings in alleviating shrivel and maintaining quality of Japanese plum (Prunus salicina Lindl.) during export and shelf life conditions

Olaniyi Amos Fawole, Shannon Claudia Riva, Umezuruike Linus Opara

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Abstract

The effect of six edible coatings were investigated on the ability to alleviate shrivel and extend shelf life of plums. Fruit were subjected to a simulated shipping period (−0.5 ± 2 C and 90 ± 5% relative humidity (RH)) for five weeks and a subsequent shelf life period (20 ± 2 C and 80 ± 5% RH) for 20 d. Overall, the study showed that it is possible to alleviate shrivel and also extend shelf life of plum ('African Delight™') at export and shelf life conditions. Amongst the edible coatings investigated, the findings in fruit coated with gum arabic and the commercial products were comparable and promising for postharvest preservation of the investigated plum cultivar. The coatings showed a moderate delay of fruit ripening, significantly reduced weight loss and shrivel development, allowing for the export of fruit over a long distance (five weeks) and up to 20 d of shelf life.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1023
JournalAgronomy
Volume10
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Postharvest losses
  • Radical scavenging activity
  • Respiration
  • South Africa
  • Stone fruit
  • Volatiles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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