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Low Temperature Requirements of Tropical Fruits and Vegetables
Refrigeration is the most effective method of extending storage life and maintaining the quality of horticultural crops. The available literature on recommended storage temperatures are those for temperate crops. Since growing conditions in the tropics are different from that of temperate areas, there is a need to determine the appropriate storage temperatures and duration of storage for tropical crops. Tropical commodities are prone to chilling injury when stored at temperatures below the recommended. Different tropical fruits and vegetables of known variety and maturity as well as stage of ripeness were stored at different temperatures and relative humidity levels. The lowest temperature wherein a particular commodity can be kept safely without impairing the quality during storage and more importantly upon exposure to ordinary room temperature is recommended. For most tropical fruits and vegetables, the recommended temperature range is 12-15 °C with relative humidity of 85-95%.
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Postharvest technology
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