Product Quality

The quality of produce at harvest greatly affects the length of storage. The commodity should be harvested at the recommended stage of maturity (which differs with commod ity) for maximal storage and should be free of physical damage, as skin breaks and bruises can lead to increased susceptibility to water loss and to bacterial and fungal attack. The extent of incipient infections by pathogens should be determined prior to storage, because such infections can cause rot and decay during storage.

Other factors to be considered in the determination of storage life and conditions are cultivar, environmental conditions during growth, cultural practices, handling practices before storage, and transit conditions. Allowances for improper handling, unfavorable growing conditions, and poor or long-distance transit conditions should be made in determining optimal storage conditions and predicting storage life. Furthermore, different parts of plants are used as food, including roots, stems, fruits, flowers, and leaves, and these parts have different storage requirements.

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