|Title:||The Agricultural Survey and Postharvest Handling Research of Avocado in Taiwan||Authors:||Min-Chi Hsu||Issue Date:||Dec-2010||Publisher:||農業試驗所||Start page/Pages:||103-113||Source:||農業試驗所特刊第147號||Conference:||2010 AARDO Workshop on Technology on Reducing Post-harvest Losses and Maintaining Quality of Fruits and Vegetables||Abstract:||
The technology for improving postharvest handling from growing field to consumers has
been the major subject of detailed research for over a century. The cost for harvest and postharvest
up to 30% to 60% of all production and marketing system during horticultural produce, and
significant quality loss due to improper processing. Technologies involved in handling, packaging,
precooling, transportation, which would minimize losses, maintain high quality, and enhance
value-added for horticultural crops that had been extensively applied in Taiwan. For example,
precooling is the most common practice, and forced air cooling and vacuum cooling are widely
adapted. In this article, information of current postharvest technology in Taiwan, including value,
production, and planted area of fruits and vegetables, will be discussed. Avocado is a developing
fruit in Taiwan. Postharvest methods of avocado have been tested, including storage temperature,
storage period, the effect of ethylene absorbent and the effect of ethylene inhibitor. By some of
these methods, avocado can be maintained in good appearance and quality.
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