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Title: Effect of Maturity Stage and Postharvest Calcium Chloride Treatment on the Quality and Storage Life of Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill)
Authors: Arthur, Eric
Oduro, Ibok
Kumah, Patrick
Keywords: Maturity stages
postharvest
quality
storage life
Issue Date: Jul-2015
Publisher: Journal of Postharvest Technology
Citation: Journal of Postharvest Technology 03 (03): 074-081, July’ 2015
Abstract: The general purpose of this study was to determine the postharvest quality and storage life of tomato fruit harvested at 3 maturity stages (breaker, pink and light red stage) and dipped in different concentrations of CaCl2 (0%, 2% and 6% CaCl2) for 30 minutes. Fruits harvested at the pink stage retained significantly (P < 0.05) greater weight, higher amount of titratable acidity and vitamin C than fruits harvested at the light red stage at day 12. All calcium chloride treated fruits showed a significant (P < 0.05) delay in the changes of weight loss, firmness, decay, titratable acidity and vitamin C as compared to the control. Tomatoes harvested at the pink stage and dipped in 6% CaCl2 maintained significantly (P < 0.05) lower weight loss and decay, and as well retained higher firmness and vitamin C content of the fruits leading to the extended storage life of the tomato fruit. Therefore, farmers and marketers of tomato fruits could extend the storage life and reduce weight loss, vitamin C loss and fruit softening by harvesting at the pink stage and dipping in 6% CaCl2. This will enhance the flexibility of farmers and traders as to when and where to market their fresh tomatoes in order to make the maximum profit.
Description: This article was published in Journal of Postharvest Technology 03 (03): 074-081, July’ 2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10798
ISSN: 2348-4330
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