Effects of pre harvest and post harvest calcium treatments on fruit calcium content and the susceptibility of cherry prunus avium cultivar van to impact damage
Lidster, P.D.; Tung, M.A.; Yada, R.G.
Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 104(6): 790-793
Preharvest sprays or postharvest dips of CaCl2 decreased the incidence of surface pitting of 'Van' cherries (P. avium L.) resulting from impact damage. Inclusion of a surfactant and thickener in the dip enhanced Ca uptake by cherries in storage. Ca from postharvest dips penetrated the cherry mesocarp rapidly in storage. Maximum Ca uptake by the cherry mesocarp was attained when the pH of the dipping solution was 7. Postharvest Ca dips were most effective in preventing surface pitting when their pH was 4.