BIBLIOTECA HORTICULTURA

BIBLIOTECA HORTICULTURA

Review on edible coatings requirements for whole fresh tomato, a technology still at infancy state

Review on edible coatings requirements for whole fresh tomato, a technology still at infancy state

Ajay Yadav et al., J. Food Sci.

Tomato is considered as one of the most grown horticultural crops having a short shelf-life due to its climacteric nature of ripening, susceptibility to postharvest microbial decay, and mechanical damage, resulting in huge postharvest losses.

Recently, the use of edible coatings has been seen as a promising environment friendly and sustainable technology for preserving the quality attributes and prolonging the shelf-life of tomato during storage. Although a lot of literature is available on the aspects of edible coating for fresh produce, especially stone and tropical fruits, but there is no dedicated comprehensive review that specifically addresses the requirements of edible coatings for whole fresh tomato.

This review aims to provide the information about the desirable coating property requirements specific to tomato and summarizes or analyzes the recent studies conducted on the application of edible coating on tomato.

The article also deals with recent trends on utilization of bioactive compounds as well as nanotechnological approaches for improving the performance and functionality of coating materials used for tomato.

However, the edible coating technology for tomato is still at infancy state, and adoption of technology on a commercial scale requires economic viability and large-scale consumer acceptability.

 

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Edible coating as postharvest management strategy for shelf-life extension of fresh tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.): An overview
Ajay Yadav, Nishant Kumar, Ashutosh Upadhyay, Shruti Sethi & Anurag Singh 
J Food Sci . 2022 May 3. doi: 10.1111/1750-3841.16145
PMID: 35502679 DOI: 10.1111/1750-3841.16145

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