The quality of perishable produce embodies a composite of factors such as appearance, taste, aroma, texture, color, and nutritive content. These desirable characteristics, developed during growth and maturation, are gradually destroyed during the period of senescence after harvest. Enzymes (organic proteinaceous catalysts) play important roles in both anabolism and catabolism of these quality characteristics. Synthesized carbohydrates in perishables are degraded in cyclic fashion to carbon dioxide, water, and heat in the respiration process. Holding perishables at low temperature is the best way to minimize the respiration process.

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 60-69

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  • Accession Number: 00050110
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1974 12:00AM