International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition

International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition


International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition
International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition
Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2018)

Controlling of post harvest losses of selected Leafy vegetables and green chilies by coating with plant mucilage of Terminalia arjuna (Kumbuk)


PAKC Wijerathne, VGG Chandrajith, SB Navaratne, GADV Karunasena

The objective of the present study was to investigate the possible application of the edible grade plant mucilaginous of Terminalia arjuna (Kumbuk) over selected high respiratory leafy vegetable and green chilies as a thin coat. In this study five types of high respiratory vegetables; Centella asiatica (Gotukola), Alternanthera sessilies (Mukunuvenna), Ipomoea aquatic (Kankun), Capsicum annum (Green chilies) and Allium ampeloprasum (leeks) were taken and coated with mucilaginous materials extracted from Terminalia arjuna (Kumbuk). The selected vegetables were coated with Kumbuk and their keeping quality, weight loss, cumulative inedible percentage, colour measurement (L*A*B*), were determined and results were compared with the control sample. Green chilies could be kept for 14 days in open environment with very good organoleptic properties with the Kumbuk mucilage. Gotulola and leeks with Kumbuk mucilage were able to kept 5 and 4 days respectively. The weight losses of the Green chilies, Leeks, and Gotukola were reduce by considerable amount with the mucilage.
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