ISSN: 1659-2751

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Industrialization of Mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) for the Guatemalan Market

Abstract

This research evaluated the feasibility of the industrialization of edible mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) for the Guatemalan market. A market analysis identified fresh mushrooms and dehydrated mushrooms as the potential products for production and industrialization. The estimated monthly production was about 4000 kg, which would supply 4 % of the current demand. It was determined, through visual, sensory and microbiological testing, that using chlorine at a concentration of 100 mg/L, the shelf life of fresh mushrooms is 10 days, if the product is packed in plastic trays either whole or cut into halves. Also, it was determined that mushrooms cut into three parts could be dehydrated quicker (10 hours at 50 °C) reaching the final humidity recommended for this product of 10 % to 15 %.

Key words: mushroom, dehydration, Guatemala, industrialization.

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