Manual on Postharvest Handling of Mediterranean Tree Fruits and Nuts

December 2020
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  • Published
    4th December 2020
  • ISBN 9781789247176
  • Language English
  • Pages 160 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images photos

Postharvest is an important element of getting fresh, high-quality fruit to the consumer and technological advances continue to outpace infrastructure. This book provides valuable, up-to-date information on postharvest handling of seven fruit and nut crops: almond, fig, table grape, pistachio, persimmon, peach and pomegranate. These crops are of particular importance in the Mediterranean region, but also to those countries that export and import these crops, where intensive economic resources are dedicated to developing information to understand and solve their postharvest problems.

Written by a team of internationally-recognized postharvest experts, this manual collates and verifies essential, but often difficult to access, information on these important crops, that is pertinent to the world's agricultural economy and affects agricultural communities. The book:

  • Covers relevant postharvest topics for each crop across harvesting, packing, shipping and retail postharvest phases.
  • Has an emphasis on knowledge useful to solve current worldwide industry problems.
  • Includes practical recommendations.
  • Makes available for the first time in English information previously published in other languages.
  • Includes up-to-date references and high-quality photos that make it an excellent resource for postharvest educators.
This is a must-have manual for growers and commodity handlers, cold storage managers, transportation personnel, produce managers and retail handlers, or anyone in the food chain that packs, transports, stores and sells these fruits and nuts.

1: Almond

2: Fresh Fig

3: Peach and Nectarine

4: Persimmon

5: Pistachio

6: Pomegranate

7: Table Grape

Carlos H. Crisosto

Carlos H. Crisosto is Director of the Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center, UC Davis. The focus of his research and extension program is the postharvest biology and technology of fruits, especially peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, table grapes, figs, kiwifruits, olives, and persimmons, as well as pistachios, almonds and walnuts. The goal of his research program is to develop a better understanding of the orchard factors and postharvest factors that control fruit flavor and shelf life and to develop technology to overcome fruit industry problems. He applies genomic techniques to identify gene(s) responsible for fruit sensory attributes (both desirable and undesirable), and investigating physiological disorders such as chilling injury.

Gayle M. Crisosto

Gayle M. Crisosto is a Postharvest Physiology Specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis.  

Fruit and nuts physiology; determining picking date; sensory quality attributes; fruit and nuts handling; fruit and nuts packing; pathological problems; temperature management; health benefits; packaging requirements; cold storage fruit problems; physiological disorders; recommendations to reduce fruit and nuts losses; preparation for market; culls utilization; consumer handling; practical recommendations