MODIFIED ATMOSPHERE PACKAGING OF DATE FRUIT (PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA L.) CULTIVAR 'BARHEE' IN KHALAL STAGE
Considering the date fruit (Phoenix dactylifera L.) Barhee is mainly harvested at the khalal stage, the quality changes of fresh fruits were studied under modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). Fruit was packed in barrier bags and exposed to the ambient air (passive MAP) and different concentrations of CO2 (5, 15 and 30%) within the packaging (active MAP) by using microperforated films as control. Fruits were stored at 4°C and physiochemical changes were studied at 7 days intervals during 28 days of storage. Modified atmosphere containing 30% CO2 caused almost half of the fruits to turn into low quality rutab, while the best quality and longest shelf-life of khalal fruits was gained with 5% CO2 concentration. Also, passive MAP compared with control samples, showed acceptable results by extending the shelf-life of khalal date fruits.
Mortazavi, S.M.H., Arzani, K. and Arujalian, A.A. (2010). MODIFIED ATMOSPHERE PACKAGING OF DATE FRUIT (PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA L.) CULTIVAR 'BARHEE' IN KHALAL STAGE. Acta Hortic. 882, 1063-1069
date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.), modified atmospheres packaging, quality attributes, storage, 'Barhee'