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Manual on postharvest handling of Mediterranean tree fruits and nuts.

Book cover for Manual on postharvest handling of Mediterranean tree fruits and nuts.


This book provides valuable, up-to-date information on postharvest handling of seven fruit and nut crops: almond, fig, peach, persimmon, pistachio, pomegranate and table grape. These crops are of particular importance in the Mediterranean region and also to those countries that export and import these crops, in which intensive economic resources are dedicated to researching and solving their posth...


Chapter 2 (Page no: 26)

Fresh fig.

This chapter provides information on the origin, current areas of production, fruit morphology and types, maturity, harvest index, crop quality, composition and health benefits, fruit physiology, physiological disorders, chilling temperature sensitivity, postharvest handling, packinghouse practices, temperature handling, optimum storage and shipping conditions, fruit pathology, special storage treatments, utilization (including culinary and medicinal uses), cull utilization, and retail outlet display considerations of fig. Areas of scientific research that will require funding to improve fresh fig consumption including: (i) handling of fresh-cut fruit; (ii) breeding superior cultivars; (iii) handling technologies to extend market life; (iv) health benefits; and (v) information outreach and marketing to protect safety and quality, are also discussed.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Almond. Author(s): Crisosto, C. H. Silva, S. S. Connell, J. H.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 53) Peach and nectarine. Author(s): Crisosto, C. H. Echeverría, G. Manganaris, G. A.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 88) Persimmon. Author(s): Salvador, A. Besada, C. Crisosto, C. H.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 134) Scientific name, origin and current areas of production. Author(s): Crisosto, C. H. Ferguson, L.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 161) Pomegranate. Author(s): Valero Garrido, D. Crisosto, C. H.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 184) Table grape. Author(s): Crisosto, C. H. Campos-Vargas, R. Lichter, A.