Edible coatings for fruit preservation

Edible coatings enriched with plant-based extracts preserve postharvest quality of fruits: A new review.

Preservation of postharvest quality is one of the key concerns for fruit growers for efficient handling, transportation, and marketing of fresh fruits. Image source: Wild0ne - Pixabay (symbol image).

After the harvest of fruit, various physiological processes, including transpiration and respiration occur which causes significant losses in fruit quality during transportation and storage. Several studies have shown that the use of edible coatings enriched with plant extracts can effectively minimise postharvest losses in fruit crops. Edible coatings enriched with non-toxic and eco-friendlier plant extract increase consumer acceptance levels.

Extended shelf life of fruit crops

Such formulations maintain the fruit quality by minimising weight loss and providing additional antioxidants that help regulate the fruit’s enzymatic activities. The review focuses on using edible coatings incorporated with plant extracts to extend the shelf life of fruit crops. The review summarizes the use of various plant extracts enriched edible coatings for maintaining the storage life of fruits.

The review has been published in Progress in Organic Coatings, Volume 182, September 2023.

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