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    Preservation of fresh edible cactus stems (Opuntia ficus indica Mill.) by modified atmosphere packaging

    Osorio-Córdoba J1, LL Rodriguez-Verástegui1, F Díaz de León-Sánchez2, E Bosquez-Molina1, JR Verde-Calvo1, HB Escalona-Buendía1, LJ Pérez-F lores2, C Pelayo-Zaldívar1

    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.84, No.2, pp. 375-384, 2015, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2015.84.375

    Abstract Cactus stems, the cladodes of Opuntia spp. cacti, are consumed in Mexico and other countries due to their fresh and herbaceous flavor, and because of their widely known nutraceutical benefits. In order to extend the postharvest life of this vegetable, the effect of a modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) was studied in cactus stems of the cultivar Atlixco stored at 4 ± 1 °C for 20 days under three types of atmospheres: (1) air (passive atmosphere), (2) 5 kPa O2 + 4 kPa CO2, and (3) N2. During storage, the titratable acidity decreased and the color of cladodes became darker and… More >

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