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Journal of Food Quality
Volume 2017, Article ID 5605202, 6 pages
Research Article

Effect of Package Film on the Quality of Postharvest Chinese Toon Tender Shoots Storage

Yongqing Zhu1,2 and Jia Gao1,2

1Institute of Agro-Products Processing Science and Technology, Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Chengdu 610066, China
2Key Laboratory of Biology and Genetic Improvement of Horticultural Crops (Southwest Region), Ministry of Agriculture, Chengdu 610066, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Yongqing Zhu; moc.anis@86gniqgnoyuhz

Received 21 June 2017; Accepted 23 October 2017; Published 13 November 2017

Academic Editor: Jordi Rovira

Copyright © 2017 Yongqing Zhu and Jia Gao. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The young leaves and shoots of the Toona sinensis (A. Juss.) Roem. tree, called Chinese toon, are commonly eaten as a vegetable in China. This study was conducted to develop a modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) system for Chinese toon tender shoots and to evaluate the effect of film oxygen transmission rate (OTR) on package atmospheres and consequent product quality changes during storage. Fresh precooled Chinese toon tender shoots ( g each) were packaged in sealed 10 cm × 15 cm polyethylene bags prepared with films of OTRs of 8.0, 11.6, 16.6, 21.4, or 29.5 pmol s−1 m−2 Pa−1 and stored at °C for 25 days. Evaluations included package atmospheres, tissue electrolyte leakage, color, and sensory attributes (overall visual quality, off-odor, texture, and marketability). Results indicated that the OTR of the package film significantly () affected package headspace gas composition, , hue angles, product quality, and shelf-life, under the tested package configurations and storage conditions. Packages with film OTR of 21.4 pmol s−1 m−2 Pa−1 attained stable O2 (8.4–10.0 kPa) and CO2 (2.2–3.0 kPa) levels by day 10, which were maintained through the end of storage; products stored in these packages maintained freshness with high overall quality scores.