The authors are grateful to Fundación Séneca de la Región de Murcia for financial support. Thanks are due to Mr. J. Pastor, manager of Agrudeco S.A., for providing pomegranates.
Modified Atmosphere Packaging of Pomegranate
Article first published online: 20 JUL 2006
Journal of Food Science
Volume 65, Issue 7, pages 1112–1116, October 2000
How to Cite
Artés, F., Villaescusa, R. and Tudela, J.A. (2000), Modified Atmosphere Packaging of Pomegranate. Journal of Food Science, 65: 1112–1116. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2621.2000.tb10248.x
- Issue published online: 20 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 20 JUL 2006
- MS 19991034 received 12/13/99; revised 3/7/00; accepted 11/10/00
- pomegranate (Punica granatum L.);
- husk scald;
ABSTRACT: Spanish ‘Mollar de Elche’ sweet pomegranates (Punica granatum L.) were stored at 2 or 5 °C for 12 wk in unperforated polypropylene (UPP) film of 25 μm thickness in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). Perforated polypropylene (PPP) film of 20 μm thickness and conventional cold storage were applied as control treatments. Quality was evaluated after storage and after shelf life of 6 d at 15 °C and 75% RH. PPP at 5 °C was the best treatment for maintaining red skin-color of the arils at the end of storage. All treatments suffered a decrease in total anthocyanins content at the end of shelf life. After shelf life, UPP fruits had higher values of absorbance at 510 and 446 nm. MAP strongly reduced water loss and chilling injuries without incidence of decay.