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Aloe-Based Edible Coating to Maintain Quality of Fresh-Cut Italian Pears (Pyrus communis L.) during Cold Storage

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Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences (SAAF), Università degli Studi di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, 90128 Palermo, Italy
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CREA Research Centre for Plant Protection and Certification, 90128 Palermo, Italy
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Academic Editors: Michailidis Michail and Georgia Tanou
Horticulturae 2021, 7(12), 581; https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae7120581
Received: 29 October 2021 / Revised: 13 December 2021 / Accepted: 14 December 2021 / Published: 16 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Improving Quality of Fruit)
Pear fruits are known for their antioxidant and nutritional characteristics. However, they are very susceptible to rapid decay. Edible coating (EC) represents a good strategy to maintain postharvest quality. The effects of two EC in slowing down the senescence processes in fresh-cut ‘Coscia’ pears were investigated: EC1 (A. vera gel, hydroxypropyl-methylcellulose and pomegranate seeds oil (PSO), EC2 (A. vera gel and hydroxypropyl-methylcellulose). Weight loss, firmness and colour decrease more slowly in both EC-treated than in untreated (CTR) slices; soluble solid content increases faster in CTR, indicating a faster ripening process. The specific investigation of undesired microorganisms did not generate any colony in all analysed samples. Sensory analysis confirmed that the tasters preferred the EC2-treated samples, as they were the only ones that did not show undesirable flavours until the last day of storage. View Full-Text
Keywords: Aloe vera gel; post-harvest; bio-based films; hydroxypropyl methylcellulose; pomegranate seed oil Aloe vera gel; post-harvest; bio-based films; hydroxypropyl methylcellulose; pomegranate seed oil
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Passafiume, R.; Gugliuzza, G.; Gaglio, R.; Busetta, G.; Tinebra, I.; Sortino, G.; Farina, V. Aloe-Based Edible Coating to Maintain Quality of Fresh-Cut Italian Pears (Pyrus communis L.) during Cold Storage. Horticulturae 2021, 7, 581. https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae7120581

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Passafiume R, Gugliuzza G, Gaglio R, Busetta G, Tinebra I, Sortino G, Farina V. Aloe-Based Edible Coating to Maintain Quality of Fresh-Cut Italian Pears (Pyrus communis L.) during Cold Storage. Horticulturae. 2021; 7(12):581. https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae7120581

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Passafiume, Roberta, Giovanni Gugliuzza, Raimondo Gaglio, Gabriele Busetta, Ilenia Tinebra, Giuseppe Sortino, and Vittorio Farina. 2021. "Aloe-Based Edible Coating to Maintain Quality of Fresh-Cut Italian Pears (Pyrus communis L.) during Cold Storage" Horticulturae 7, no. 12: 581. https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae7120581

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