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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 3 (Page no: 53)

Peach and nectarine.

This chapter describes the origin, current areas of production, maturity and harvest indexes, quality and consumer preferences, fruit composition and health benefits, fruit physiological characteristics, harvesting handling, packinghouse handling, chilling injury, physical damage, temperature management, special storage treatments, pathological problems, handling at retail stores, and cull utilization (e.g. as cattle feed, fuel alcohol production), of peach and nectarine. Special research needs are mentioned, which include developing low chilling, flavorful cultivars with a postharvest life to keep up with global warming and new attractive production areas to extend year-around availability.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Almond. Author(s): Crisosto, C. H. Silva, S. S. Connell, J. H.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 26) Fresh fig. Author(s): Crisostol, C. H. Lopez Corrales, M. Colelli, G. Serradilla, M. J.
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.