Evaluation of packaging films to extend storage life of Indigenous Australian vegetables and herbs

Sultanbawa, Y., Duong, M. Su, Sanderson, J., Cusack, A., Chaliha, M., Currie, M., Pun, S. and Smyth, H. (2015). Evaluation of packaging films to extend storage life of Indigenous Australian vegetables and herbs. In: J. D. H. Keatinge, R. Srinivasan and M. Mecozzi, Proceedings of the I International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables. International Horticultural Congress, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (183-189). 17-22 August 2015. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1102.23

Author Sultanbawa, Y.
Duong, M. Su
Sanderson, J.
Cusack, A.
Chaliha, M.
Currie, M.
Pun, S.
Smyth, H.
Title of paper Evaluation of packaging films to extend storage life of Indigenous Australian vegetables and herbs
Conference name International Horticultural Congress
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 17-22 August 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of the I International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Acta Horticulturae   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Leuven, Belgium
Publisher International Society for Horticultural Science
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1102.23
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9789462610897
ISSN 0567-7572
Editor J. D. H. Keatinge
R. Srinivasan
M. Mecozzi
Volume 1102
Start page 183
End page 189
Total pages 7
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
A study undertaken in Hervey Bay, Queensland, investigated the potential of creating an indigenous agribusiness opportunity based on the cultivation of indigenous Australian vegetables and herbs. Included were warrigal greens (WG) (Tetragonia tetragonioides), a green leafy vegetable and the herb sea celery (SC) (Apium prostratum); both traditional foods of the indigenous population and highly desirable to chefs wishing to add a unique, indigenous flavour to modern dishes. Packaging is important for shelf life extension and minimisation of postharvest losses in horticultural products. The ability of two packaging films to extend WG and SC shelf life was investigated. These were Antimisted Biaxial Oriented Polypropylene packaging film (BOPP) without perforations and Antifog BOPP Film with microperforations. Weight loss, packaging headspace composition, colour changes, sensory differences and microbial loads of packed WG and SC leaves were monitored to determine the impact of film oxygen transmission rate (OTR) and film water vapour transmission (WVT) on stored product quality. WG and SC were harvested, sanitised, packed and stored at 4°C for 16 days. Results indicated that the OTR and WVT rates of the package film significantly (P<0.05) influenced the package headspace and weight loss, but did not affect product colour, total bacteria, yeast and mould populations during storage. There was no significant difference (P>0.05) in aroma, appearance, texture and flavour for WG and SC during storage. It was therefore concluded that a shelf life of 16 days at 4°C, where acceptable sensory properties were retained, was achievable for WG and SC in both packaging films.
Keyword Tetragonia tetragonioides
Apium prostratum
Shelf life
Food safety
Postharvest interventions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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