Comparative Estimation of Alginate and Soy Based Coatings on Ph and Vitamin C Contents of Strawberry (Fragaria Ananassa L) at Controlled Climate ChamberWaqas Ahmed1*, Masood Sadiq Butt1, Mian Kamran Sharif1 and Muhammad Shahid2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Waqas Ahmed, PhD Scholar
National Institute of Food Science & Technology
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
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Received date: October 10, 2013; Accepted date: October 27, 2013; Published date: November 15, 2013
Citation: Ahmed W, Butt MS, Sharif MK, Shahid M (2013) Comparative Estimation of Alginate and Soy Based Coatings on Ph and Vitamin C Contents of Strawberry (Fragaria Ananassa L) at Controlled Climate Chamber. J Food Process Technol 4:280. doi:10.4172/2157-7110.1000280
Copyright: © 2013 Ahmed W, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
In the present study, effort was made to address the alarming situation of postharvest losses. For the purpose, alginate and soy based coatings were prepared and their effect on minimizing the postharvest losses and allied nutritional attributes in strawberry was observed. Meanwhile, a comparison with the commercial wax coating was also estimated. Results showed that pH differed significantly with respect to storage for both the experiments. However, non momentous variations were observed with respect to treatments kept at room temperature ranging from 4.18 to 4.26 for the treatments. Meanwhile, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) levels differed appreciably as a factor of storage among all the treatments. For controlled climate chamber kept strawberries, vitamin C levels ranged from 42.67 to 46.43 mg/100 gm whilst for room temperature the values for the parameter ranged from 36.87 to 39.58 mg/100 gm. Conclusively, it may be inferred that edible coatings hold potential to be adopted as a tooling aid in addressing the alarming situation of postharvest and nutritional losses in fruits that may ultimately lead help earn foreign exchange reserves in return.