THE COLD IN THE PRODUCTION OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

This link in the cold chain is very important to ensure an adequate final quality of the product. The collection of fruits and vegetables: Pre-cooling operations of delicate fruits, preservation of resistant fruits in the short and medium term, and refrigeration and/or freezing of vegetables should be carried out.

The pre-cooling lengthens the duration of the product by reducing:

  • The heat of the field
  • The respiration rate and the heat generated by the product
  • The speed of maturation
  • The loss of moisture (exhaustion and wilting)
  • The production of ethylene (gas generated by the product during ripening)
  • The dissemination of rot