Ensuring Fruit Quality and Longevity through HWD

A simple non chemical solution may be the postharvest treatment that would effectively inhibit ripening and rapid disease development in fruits.

This developed as a study conducted by Mr. Antonio Acedo et al at the Postharvest Technology Laboratory in VISCA, Leyte, found that hot water dip (HWD) stops the ageing of banana (Latundan and saba) and mango (carabao and indian mango).

High perishability has been one of the major problem besetting the Philippine Fruit Industry. Serious postharvest losses are attributed to the physiological behaviour of fruits – rapid ripening sets in and postharvest diseases usually develop when mature fruits are harvested.

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