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Effects of Compostable Packaging and Perforation Rates on Cucumber Quality during Extended Shelf Life and Simulated Farm-to-Fork Supply-Chain Conditions

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Department of Postharvest Science, ARO—the Volcani Center, P.O. Box 15159, Rishon LeZion 7505101, Israel
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The Robert H Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot 76100, Israel
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Academic Editor: Carmine Summo
Foods 2021, 10(2), 471; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10020471
Received: 2 February 2021 / Revised: 14 February 2021 / Accepted: 17 February 2021 / Published: 20 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Reusable, Recyclable, or Compostable Food Packages)
Cucumbers are highly perishable and suffer from moisture loss, shriveling, yellowing, peel damage, and decay. Plastic packaging helps to preserve cucumber quality, but harms the environment. We examined the use of compostable modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) with different perforation rates as a possible replacement for conventional plastic packaging materials. The results indicate that all of the tested types of packaging reduced cucumber weight loss and shriveling. However, compostable MAP with micro-perforations that created a modified atmosphere of between 16–18% O2 and 3–5% CO2 most effectively preserved cucumber quality, as demonstrated by reduced peel pitting, the reduced appearance of warts and the inhibition of yellowing and decay development. Overall, micro-perforated compostable packaging extended the storage life of cucumbers under both extended shelf conditions and simulated farm-to-fork supply-chain conditions and thus may serve as a replacement for the plastic packaging currently used to preserve the postharvest quality of cucumbers. View Full-Text
Keywords: cucumber; modified atmosphere; postharvest; plastic; compostable cucumber; modified atmosphere; postharvest; plastic; compostable
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Owoyemi, A.; Porat, R.; Rodov, V. Effects of Compostable Packaging and Perforation Rates on Cucumber Quality during Extended Shelf Life and Simulated Farm-to-Fork Supply-Chain Conditions. Foods 2021, 10, 471. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10020471

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Owoyemi A, Porat R, Rodov V. Effects of Compostable Packaging and Perforation Rates on Cucumber Quality during Extended Shelf Life and Simulated Farm-to-Fork Supply-Chain Conditions. Foods. 2021; 10(2):471. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10020471

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Owoyemi, Abiola, Ron Porat, and Victor Rodov. 2021. "Effects of Compostable Packaging and Perforation Rates on Cucumber Quality during Extended Shelf Life and Simulated Farm-to-Fork Supply-Chain Conditions" Foods 10, no. 2: 471. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10020471

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