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23. May 2022 | Application Areas

Extended storage life of strawberries

Scientists have studied the effect of grape derivatives and cross-linked maize starch coatings on the storage life of strawberry fruit.
Test results showed that coating strawberries with grape derivatives and cross-linked starch can be extend the shelf life of fresh fruit. 
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Edible coatings based on grape juice and cross-linked maize starch enriched with grape seed extract (GSE: 0.5–1.5%) were examined for the effects of the quality properties of strawberries during storage at 4 °C for 12 days. Coating applications reduced the water loss, pH changes, and microbiological counts of strawberries significantly. The increased amount of GSE in the coating formulation caused a significant decrease in microbial counts and limited the firmness loss. On the final day of storage, coated strawberry samples with solutions containing grape juice and 1.5% GSE had the lowest TMAB counts and yeast/mold counts, respectively.

Extended shelf life of fresh fruit

Over time, there was a decrease in lightness value and an increase in the redness value of strawberries. These changes were significantly lower in strawberries covered with GSE enriched coatings. Also, GSE added coatings preserved ascorbic acid, total anthocyanin, total phenolic content, and antioxidant capacity of strawberries during storage. As the researchers point out, the results showed that coating strawberries with grape derivatives and cross-linked starch can be extend the shelf life of fresh fruit.

The study has been published in Progress in Organic Coatings, Volume 167, June 2022.

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