Physicochemical changes during strawberry development in the field compared with those that occur in harvested fruit during storage

M. Cecilia N. Nunes*, Jeffrey K. Brecht, Alcina M.M.B. Morais, Steven A. Sargent

*Autor correspondente para este trabalho

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'Chandler', 'Oso Grande' and 'Sweet Charlie' strawberry cultivars were harvested at four stages of color development ranging from color break to full red and stored in the dark for 8 days at 1°C. Changes in the physical and chemical characteristics of fruit during storage were compared with those occurring during development in the field. Strawberry fruit harvested at the three-quarters colored and full red stages continued their development and ripening during storage. However, fruit harvested at the color break and half-colored stages did not develop like those ripened in the field. Strawberries harvested at the three-quarters colored stage developed the same pH, acidity, soluble solids, ascorbic acid and total phenolics content during storage as the at-harvest levels present in strawberries harvested at the full red stage. In addition, three-quarters colored strawberries were as firm and red after storage as the full red stage fruit were at the time of harvest. Thus, strawberries harvested at the three-quarters colored stage can be stored for a longer period than strawberries harvested full red while retaining better color and firmness.

Idioma originalEnglish
Páginas (de-até)180-190
Número de páginas11
RevistaJournal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Volume86
Número de emissão2
DOIs
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - 30 jan 2006

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