Fruit Produce Facts English
Recommendations for Maintaining Postharvest Quality
Adel A. Kader
Maturity & Quality
Change of skin color from green to yellow is the primary maturity index. Quinces should be picked when full-yellow and firm.
Temperature & Controlled Atmosphere
0°C (32°F); Highest freezing point = -2°C (28.4°F). Storage potential = 2-3 months
Climacteric respiratory pattern.
To calculate heat production multiply ml CO2/kg·hr by 440 to get Btu/ton/day or by 122 to get kcal/metric ton/day.
Ethylene (100ppm) treatment for 2 days at 18-21°C (65-70°F) and 90-95% relative humidity can be used after removal from cold storage to stimulate more uniform and faster ripening of quinces before processing.
No published information.
Physiological and Physical Disorders
No published information.
Blue mold. Caused by Penicillium expansum, is the most common postharvest disease of quinces. Control strategies include careful handling to minimize wounding, prompt cooling to 0°C (32°F), and maintenance of optimum temperature and relative humidity during storage.
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Example: Cantwell, M. and T. Suslow. 2002. Lettuce, Crisphead: Recommendations for Maintaining Postharvest Quality.