Use of Modified Atmosphere Packaging to Preserve Mushroom Quality during Storage

Author(s): Irene Palacios, Carlos Moro, Miguel Lozano, Matilde D'Arrigo, Eva Guillamon, Ana Garcia-Lafuente, Ana Villares

Journal Name: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture

Volume 3 , Issue 3 , 2011

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Mushrooms have attracted much attention due to their excellent nutritional and sensory properties. However, they are highly perishable and rapidly lose their organoleptic characteristics. Many methods have been employed for mushroom storage, such as packaging, blanching, canning, or freeze drying. Among them, modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) has been widely employed for preserving fresh mushrooms. MAP provides an affordable packaging system that partly avoids enzymatic browning, fermentation and other biochemical processes by maintaining a controlled gas atmosphere. Several factors, including optimum CO2 and O2 partial pressures, permeability, package material, thickness, or product weight, must be considered in order to design a suitable modified atmosphere package for mushrooms. Thus, different strategies are available to preserve mushroom quality after harvest. The article presents some promising patents on use of modified atmosphere packaging to preserve mushroom quality during storage.

Keywords: Aroma, colour, flavour, MAP, modified atmosphere packaging, mushroom, storage, texture, Mushroom Quality, MUSHROOM SPOILAGE, Microbial Growth, Gas Permeability, Off-flavour Development

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Year: 2011
Page: [196 - 203]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/2212798411103030196
Price: $65

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