Spoilage Of Fresh Mushrooms

Quality is the single most important factor affecting retail mushroom sales 21 . Whiteness, cleanliness, and brown blotches on fresh mushrooms are the principal factors determining mushroom quality. Consumers prefer to purchase mushrooms that are bright white, free of casing material or other unwanted particulate contaminants clinging to the mushroom surface, and free of brown blotches. The brown blotch discoloration of mushrooms is perceived as a symptom of decreased freshness or...

Effects of Ozone Gas Treatments on Quality of Fruits and Vegetables

Ozone gas can be used to prevent fungal decay and rot of fruits and vegetables during cold storage 55 . Those products include bananas, citrus fruits, apples, berries, peaches, and potatoes. Ozone can also retard the ripening process of fruit and vegetables by oxidation of ethylene released during storage. Ewell 95 indicated that the shelf life of strawberries, raspberries, and grapes could be doubled when 2 to 3ppm ozone is applied continuously for a few hours per day. Barth et al. 86 reported...