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Methods Of Precooling Fruits, Vegetables, And Cut Flowers

ASHRAE Chapter 15

PRECOOLING is the rapid removal of field heat from freshly harvested fruits and vegetables before shipping, storage, or processing. Prompt precooling inhibits growth of microorganisms that cause decay, reduces enzymatic and respiratory activity, and reduces moisture loss. Thus, proper precooling reduces spoilage and retards loss of preharvest freshness and quality (Becker and Fricke 2002).