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Process for retaining pericarp colour and extending shelf life of Litchi
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Process for retaining pericarp colour and extending shelf life of litchi
Overview

This novel process is boon for people fed up of brown Litchi in the market. Lithci with natural colour, fresh appearance and delicious taste are now possible to get with this novel process, wherein the fruits are simply dip treated with GRAS chemicals and can then be stored at low temperature upto 45 days. This is simple to use and less investment process, ideal for SMEs. Concession is offered to the farmers.

Process for retaining pericarp colour and extending shelf life of litchi
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This novel process involves a sequential surface chemical dip combination process for increased shelf life up to 45 days at 4°C and retaining attractive pinkish-red color of litchi fruits. The treatment also kills microbes (bacteria, yeast and mold) present on the fruit without adversely affecting its sensory and nutritional properties.

 SALIENT FEATURES

  • Use of GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) chemicals.

  • Reduce contamination level and make it more hygienic for consumption.

  • The process is economical, safe, quick, simple to use and scalable as per requirement.

  • Requires less man power and energy.

  • Minimum waste generation.

  • Longer shelf life can facilitate greater market coverage.

  • Ideal for on-site processing.

 ADVANTAGES

  • Processed Fruits ensure its wide spread availability in the domestic market
    for longer time even in non-growing region resulting in better commercial gains.

  • Processed fruits are of high quality and have a very good export potential.

  • Have industrial potential as many secondary products can be prepared viz;
    Juice, Fermented beverage like wine, Shelf stable dried litchi fruit, Fruit jam,
    squash, and marmalade. It can also blends with ice-creams, custards & jellies.


Process for retaining pericarp colour and extending shelf life of litchi
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Detail Technical Brochure

A sequential surface chemical dip combination process has been developed at BARC for retaining attractive pinkish-red color of litchi fruit during prolonged storage (45 days) at low temperature (4 °C). The treatment helps in retaining major color pigments (anthocyanins) of litchi pericarp and inactivates the enzyme (polyphenol oxidase) responsible for its browning. The treatment also kills microbes (bacteria, yeast and mold) present on the fruit. All these changes result in quality maintenance of litchi during prolonged storage without adversely affecting its sensory and nutritional properties as the fruits are dip treated with GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) chemicals.

Demand for litchi fruit is quite high due to its delicious taste, unique aroma, and juicy nature, but supply is very limited due to its highly perishable, and non-climacteric (ripens on the tree itself) nature apart from localized cultivation and seasonal availability. The color of the fruit turns brown soon after harvest. Fruits also get spoiled soon after harvest due to physiological and microbiological changes. Although India is the second largest producer of litchi, a commercially viable technique is not available here for its shelf life extension. Non-availability of a proper technique is the biggest barrier for ambitious vendors involved in trade of fruits. The technology developed offers a practical solution to the difficulties associated with litchi trade.

PRODUCT CHARACTERISTICS

  • Retention of attractive color (anthocyanins), nutritional quality, and complete inhibition of post-harvest browning.
  • Almost complete microbial decontamination.
  • No chemical residues, No harmful effect.
  • The product is organoleptically acceptable for more than 45 days.

ADVANTAGES

  • Market availability of processed fruits for prolonged period after harvest season.
  • Processed fruits are of high quality and have a very good export potential through sea and air route.
  • Have industrial potential as many secondary products can be prepared viz; Juice, Fermented beverage such as wine, Shelf stable dried litchi fruit, Fruit jam, squash, marmalade, blends with ice-creams, custards and jellies.

ADDITIONAL COMMERCIAL ADVANTAGES

  • Highly profitable with less investment.
  • The entire procedure can be scaled up as per the requirement from small to industrial scale.
  • It does not require any costly instrument and much technical expertise, and hence can be operated by providing minimum training to the personnel.
  • Longer shelf life can facilitate greater market coverage.
  • The product can be supplied in packed and sealed condition.
  • Requires less man power and energy, Minimum waste generation.
  • A consumer can keep the processed-packed fruit in the refrigerator and can consume for more than a month.

INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIREMENTS

a. Materials and Equipments

  • Heating facility (viz. LPG stoves/ Electric heater)
  • Thermometer (scale 40-80°C)
  • Stainless steel container
  • Plastic tubs
  • Hand held sieve
  • Low density polythene packets (LDPE)
  • Heat sealer
  • Muslin cloth
  • Hand gloves
  • Clean water

b. Space

  • Hygienic working area: (Approximate area required - 1500 sq. ft.)
  • Cold storage or refrigerator facility [temperature 4(±2) °C] for preserving the processed fruits

c. Power

  • As per requirement

d. Manpower

  • One unskilled workers and one supervisor

Who Should apply


Interested parties with Engineering & Scientific knowledge, good financial background and adequate experience of products manufacturing & fabrication with technical capability in the area of interested technology and having or interested in setting –up facilities for production would be preferred.


How to apply

Send your Technology Transfer Application form duly filled and signed alongwith a Demand Draft/Bankers cheque of Rs. 500/- (for Indian entities) or US $50/- (for foreign entities) drawn in favour of “Accounts Officer, BARC” as application processing fee on following address: 

Head, Technology Transfer and Collaboration Division 
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre,
Trombay, Mumbai – 400 085, India.

Fax : +91-22-25505151


Note:Applications without processing fee as applicable above of Rs. 500/- or US $50/- for each technology will not be considered.


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Contact Us

Head, 
Technology Transfer and Collaboration Division
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre,
Trombay, Mumbai 400 085.

Fax : 091-022- 25505151
Email : technology@barc.gov.in

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