This article is a US Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.
Effect of 1-methylcyclopropene on tomato flavour components, shelf life and decay as influenced by harvest maturity and storage temperature†
Article first published online: 18 FEB 2011
This article is a US Government work and is in the public domain in the USA. Published 2011 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Volume 91, Issue 6, pages 969–980, April 2011
How to Cite
Baldwin, E., Plotto, A., Narciso, J. and Bai, J. (2011), Effect of 1-methylcyclopropene on tomato flavour components, shelf life and decay as influenced by harvest maturity and storage temperature. J. Sci. Food Agric., 91: 969–980. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.4281
- Issue published online: 17 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 18 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 3 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Received: 17 SEP 2010
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BACKGROUND: In Florida, tomatoes are harvested green (GR), which includes mature green (MG) and immature green (IG) fruits, and stored at low temperature (13 °C), resulting in poor flavour. Flavour improvement might be achieved if fruits were harvested with some colour (to eliminate IG fruits) and/or stored at higher temperature with the ripening inhibitor 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP).
RESULTS: ‘Florida 47’ tomatoes were harvested at GR (MG + IG), breaker (BR), turning (TR) and pink (PK) stages, treated (+) or not (−) with 1-MCP and stored at 13 and/or 18 °C. 1-MCP treatment resulted in a gain of up to 6 days of shelf life depending on harvest maturity and storage temperature. Storage at 18 °C rather than 13 °C resulted in an increase in internal red colour, soluble solids (SS)/titratable acidity (TA) ratio and levels of many volatiles studied. The shelf life of BR (+) MCP fruits stored at 13 °C was similar to that of MG fruits. IG fruits exhibited lowest levels of SS, TA and ten volatiles compared with BR fruits.
CONCLUSION: Harvesting tomatoes with colour (BR), thereby eliminating IG fruits, and treating with 1-MCP resulted in better quality with adequate shelf life. Published 2011 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.