Effect of calcium chloride postharvest treatment in combination with plant natural substance coating on fruit quality and storability of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) fruits during cold storage
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In this study, the impact of postharvest treatments with calcium chloride (CaCl2) in combination with postharvest coating treatments with plant natural substance arabic gum or cactus mucilage on the quality and storage life of tomato fruits during cold storage (10 ± 1 °C, RH 85% ± 3) was evaluated. Results of dipping tomato fruits in 6% CaCl2 for 10 minutes combined with postharvest coating treatments with either 10% Arabic gum or 50% cactus mucilage for 3 minutes showed significant (p<0.05) higher value of fruit firmness, titratable acidity, reduce the percentage of weight loss and percent of decayed fruits. Treated fruits took longer to change color from pink to red compared with non-treated fruits. This study showed that dipping tomato fruits in 6% CaCl2, or coating with different natural substances alone or in combination with CaCl2, enhances tomato fruits’ physical and chemical properties. Moreover, preserving tomato fruits can be preserved for a longer time compared with control fruits and maintain the overall fruit quality.

Journal
Title
Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality
Publisher
DRUCKEREI LIDDY HALM, BACKHAUSSTRASSE 9B, GOTTINGEN, GERMANY, 37081
Publisher Country
Germany
Indexing
Thomson Reuters
Impact Factor
1.106
Publication Type
Both (Printed and Online)
Volume
94
Year
2021
Pages
100-107