Effect of ambient storage on postharvest quality and shelf life of white pulp (Hylocereus undatus) and red pulp dragon fruit (Hylocereus polyrhizus)

August 14, 2023 | Erwerbs-Obstbau |

Conducted by the ICAR–Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, India, this study addresses the dearth of information on the storage and postharvest handling of dragon fruit, a crop gaining attention for its nutritional and economic value. Focusing on white and red pulp varieties, the study subjected them to ambient storage conditions to assess postharvest quality and shelf life over one week. Biochemical parameters such as total soluble solids, acidity, ascorbic acid, antioxidant activity, and more were measured at intervals. Results revealed that while red pulp exhibited superior initial nutritional attributes, white pulp demonstrated better retention of quality and extended shelf life. This study provides valuable insights into optimizing the storage conditions for different dragon fruit varieties, aiding growers and stakeholders in maximizing fruit quality and market longevity. Read more