ISSN: 1659-2751



Determination of the Optimum State of Maturity and the Post Harvest Characteristics of Canistel (Pouteria campechiana (Kunth) Baehni)


The optimum state of maturity and the post-harvest characteristics of the canistel (Pouteria campechiana (Kunth) Baehni) under cooled storage were researched in this study. After analyzing five harvests, the results showed that semi-mature fruits resulted in a better harvest index than mature fruits. For semi-mature fruits, the shelf-life under cooled storage was 2 to 4 days longer, firmness of the fruit after two weeks was better, percentage of sugars was higher, and physiological weight loss was lower, as compared to mature fruits. Additionally, pH and nutritional content did not vary between the treatments.

Key words: Cooled storage, post harvest characterization, nutritional content, state of maturity, firmness, percentage of sugars, harvest indicators, physiological loss of weight, pH, time-to- useful life.

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