Evaluating the effect of storage conditions on the shelf life of cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana L.)

Mary Luz Olivares-Tenorio*, Matthijs Dekker, M.A.J.S. van Boekel, Ruud Verkerk

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Cape gooseberry is the fruit of the plant Physalis peruviana L. and has gained commercial and scientific interest for its contents of health-promoting compounds. An integral approach to estimate shelf life of cape gooseberry was conducted taking into account physicochemical, microbiological and nutritional changes and consumer acceptance. The experiments were performed for 5 independent harvest times during two years (2014–2015). The conditions of storage were temperatures of 4, 8 and 12 °C and a relative humidity of 80%. Fruit with (Y) and without calyx (N) were packed into polyethylene terephthalate (PET) trays and polypropylene (PP) baskets, respectively. The experiment was conducted for a total of 76 d or shorter when the fruit was spoilt earlier. Fruit with the calyx showed a longer shelf life, while 8 °C was the temperature that gave longer shelf lives irrespective of the calyx presence. The critical quality attribute of shelf life without calyx was fungal growth, which determined consumer acceptance; weight loss was the most critical quality attribute for the fruit with calyx. Studying various quality attributes in an integral way appeared to give a better understanding of the shelf life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-530
JournalFood Science and Technology = Lebensmittel-Wissenschaft und Technologie
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Ascorbic acid
  • Fungal growth
  • Modelling
  • Shelf life
  • Survival analysis
  • β-carotene


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