Effect of Aloe Vera Gel Coating on the Quality of Banana Fruit During Storage
Keywords:Aloe vera, banana, edible film, storage
AbstractThe major goal of this study was to investigate the effect of Aloe vera gel coating on the changes in the quality of bananas at room temperature (26–30oC). To evaluate the influence of different concentrations of gel, a set of experiments was designed that included solutions of Aloe vera gel diluted 1:2, 1:3, and 1:4 (v/v) with distilled water and uncoated bananas as controls. Changes in physicochemical properties were analyzed during the preservation time such as weight loss, reducing sugar, total soluble solids, acidity, sensory testing, and color parameters (L*, a*, b*). Microbiological analysis was evaluated in the last storage period. In general, bananas treated with Aloe vera gel can reduce weight loss and improve the fruit color and sensory value of the product.
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