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item Perkins Veazie, Penelope

Submitted to: Horticulture Industries Show
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/10/2001
Publication Date: 1/21/2002
Citation: Perkins Veazie, P.M. 2002. Postharvest handling of blackberries for shipment. 20th Annual Horticulture Industries Show. p. 50-52.

Interpretive Summary: Blackberries are high-value fruit but suffer from postharvest losses due to decay and leakage of the berries. While use of new, firm-fruited varieties has increased the storage life of blackberries, care must be taken following harvest. Fruit should be cooled, held cold, and shipped under refrigeration to extend shelf life from 2 days to 10 days.

Technical Abstract: Blackberries are fragile fruit and last only two to seven days after harvest. Decay and leaky berries most often cause postharvest losses during shipment and retail display. Maintaining a cold chain is the most effective way to minimize quality deterioration. This is accomplished by prompt cooling after harvest, holding fruit as close to freezing temperatures as possible, and shipping under refrigeration.