Completely matured tamr stage dates are widely available and consumed throughout the year. However, for some date varieties, the earlier khalal stage crunchy fruit is considered a premium product. This work examines the use of modified atmosphere packaging to extend the shelf life of khalal dates under refrigerated conditions. Modified atmosphere packaging with 10% or 20% CO 2 in air was successful in reducing the rate of the ripening processes while control-packaged dates showed signs of ripening development such as significant weight loss and darkening in date colour (identified visually and as low lactic acid bacteria measurements at 18 and 27days after packaging), similar to that observed in tamr stage fruit.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||International Journal of Food Science and Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|