Effect of Chitosan Coating on Preserving Character of Post-Harvest Fruit and Vegetable: A ReviewYu Youwei1,2 and Ren Yinzhe1*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ren Yinzhe
College of chemistry and materials
Shanxi Normal University
Linfen 041004, China
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: July 08, 2013; Accepted date: August 18, 2013; Published date: August 25, 2013
Citation: Youwei Y, Yinzhe R (2013) Effect of Chitosan Coating on Preserving Character of Post-Harvest Fruit and Vegetable: A Review. J Food Process Technol 4:254. doi:10.4172/2157-7110.1000254
Copyright: © 2013 Youwei Y, 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.
Chitosan coating as an edible substance has been applied in the preservation of fresh fruit, vegetable or their fresh-cut materials. After coating with chitosan on the surface of post-harvest fruit and vegetable, the respiration rate and weight loss rate are restrained, and higher firmness is remained. Meanwhile, the activities of protective enzymes are maintained higher level, and the cell membrane can keep relatively intact. Furthermore, chitosan coating has certain preventive effect against microbes and can reduce decay. Since the storage condition of post-harvest fruit and vegetable is improved, more nutrients are also reserved. Chitosan coating would probably have wide prospect in the preservation of post-harvest fruits and vegetables in the future.