1. Cold Chain Management
|A fascinating book I'd highly recommend|
I would like to describe some of the recent refinements of the “cold chain.” Fruits and vegetables are living, breathing organisms, but all these life processes slow dramatically at cold temperatures. It is often said that an hour at room temperature is like a day in the refrigerator in terms of the fate of produce.
2. Controlled Atmosphere Storage and/or Shipping
3. Bruise Prevention
4. Waxes and Coatings
5. Post-harvest Fungicides
Food reduction methods 6-10 tomorrow.
Image of grey mold on strawberries from Steve Koike of UC Extension (a fellow grad student back in the early 80s). Fuji apple image from wikimedia commons. Golden pineapple image from Delmonte. Moldy lemon image from Monster Pete