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Revista Brasileira de Engenharia Agrícola e Ambiental

versão impressa ISSN 1415-4366

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ARAUJO NETO, Sebastião Elviro de et al. Quality and postharvest shelf life of Crimson Sweet watermelon marketed in Mossoró. Rev. bras. eng. agríc. ambient. [online]. 2000, vol.4, n.2, pp.235-239. ISSN 1415-4366.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S1415-43662000000200017.

The objective of this research was to evaluate the quality and shelf life of Crimson Sweet watermelon marketed in Mossoró-RN. The quality of the fruits was evaluated by locality and fruit size. The large and middle sized watermelons presented better external appearance and higher soluble solids content than those of small size, while those marketed directly upon off loading, presented better appearance and higher firmness. The evaluation of the postharvest shelf life was done with fruits of a commercial plantation in Mossoró-RN. The weight loss was of 3.79%, the pH of the fruits increased from 4.89 to 5.20, the total titrable acidity decreased during storage. The soluble solids content and total soluble sugars did not present correlation with the storage, and the first varied from 7.63 to 9.55%. The reducing sugars a presented slight decrease at the end of the storage. The postharvest shelf life of the fruits was evaluated at 12 days.

Palavras-chave : Citrullus lanatus; quality; shelf life; storage.

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