Precooling of Citrus Fruits Prior to Simulated Transport in Ventilated Ships1

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E. ChalutzAgricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, Israel

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Mina Schiffmann-NadelAgricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, Israel

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J. WaksAgricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, Israel

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F. S. LattarAgricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, Israel

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Abstract

Precooling at -2°C for 6 - 24 hrs prior to simulated ventilated shipment reduced weight loss of citrus fruit. Weight loss from the fruit was reduced as cooling rate increased. The difference in weight loss between precooled and control fruit was maintained during simulated shipment and after storage. Precooling the fruit to temp below 0°C could adversely affect its quality and should be avoided.

Contributor Notes

Received for publication October 4, 1973. Contribution from the Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, Israel, 1973 Series No. 199-E.

The authors thank Mrs. Lea Cohen and B. Pogoda for their technical assistance.

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