Conventional postharvest practices and their impact on saffron quality ‒ a study

F.A. Nehvi, J.K. Dhar, S.S. Sheikh, A.M. Iqbal, A.A. John
Traditional postharvest practices being followed in Kashmir is main reason for quality deterioration and recovery loss. Picking of 2-day-old flowers in lose baskets with pistil separation time of 10-12 h after flower picking improves saffron recovery to 37.5 g kg-1 of fresh saffron flowers. Drying of saffron in vacuum, solar or hot air scientific dryers not only reduces drying time but improves colour by 97.3%, bitterness by 80% and flavor by 71.11%.
Nehvi, F.A., Dhar, J.K., Sheikh, S.S., Iqbal, A.M. and John, A.A. (2018). Conventional postharvest practices and their impact on saffron quality ‒ a study. Acta Hortic. 1200, 139-144
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1200.23
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1200.23
flower age, collection material, pistil separation time, drying system, quality, recovery, saffron
English

Acta Horticulturae