Postharvest technologies in tender fruits: Peach, nectarine, plum, and apricot

Jayasankar Subramanian, Shanthanu Krishnakumar, Ranjeet Shinde, Walid El Kayal

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Tender fruits consisting mainly of peach, nectarine, sweet and sour cherry, plum, and apricot are an important category of fruits with very high nutritional and antioxidant properties. This chapter provides a review of the nutritional aspects of these fruits, reasons for postharvest losses, and ways and means to enhance their shelf-life through different preharvest and postharvest methods. The soft-fleshed nature of peach, nectarine, plum, and apricot make them prime candidates for mechanical injury during harvest, cleaning, disinfection, waxing, packing, transport, storage, and marketing. Among the different deterioration problems in tender fruits, fungal diseases top the list in terms of economic losses to growers and distributors. Cold storage has been harmonized into the postharvest chain in order to enhance shelf-life of tender fruits. However, temperature management is essential to ensure avoidance of chilling injury/internal breakdown symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPostharvest Biology and Nanotechnology of Fruits, Vegetables and Flowers
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781119289470
ISBN (Print)9781119289449
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology

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