Post-harvest quality of eggplant cultivars in cold storage

Our objective was to evaluate the post-harvest behavior of nine eggplant cultivars. Fruits were stored at 11 + 0,5ºC e 90 + 5% RH, for periods of 7, 14 and 21 days (including 2 days of simulated commercialization at 24-25ºC and 70-75% RH). The cultivars studies were Diamante Negro, Kiko, Piracicaba F-100, Flórida Market, Super F-100, F-2000, Suzuki, Nápoli and Ciça. We measured changes in weight loss, turgor pressure and visual quality during the cold storage period. Low temperature storage of the fruits was acceptable up to 7 days for all cultivars. Storage above 7 days was dependent of the cultivar. The cultivar Super F-100 presented the largest storage capacity.

Solanum melongena; turgor; weight loss; shriveling

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