Vacuum Infusion of Citrus Pectinmethylesterase and Calcium Effects on Firmness of Peaches



Vacuum infiltration of Majestic peaches (Prunus persica) for 1 hr with a solution of Marsh grapefruit pectinmethylesterase (PME) containing 100 mg/L CaCl2 significantly increased firmness of canned peaches. Mean firmness of peaches infused 2 hr and thermally processed was 13.9 J/Kg as compared to 3.2 J/kg for noninfused, processed controls. The calcium content increased from 278 to 432 mg/kg during 2 hr infusion of blanched peaches. Specific activity of PME in peach halves increased more than 20 fold after infusion.