Effects of postharvest handling on lenticel spotting of 'Tommy Atkins' mangoes from Northeast Brazil
Self, G.; Assis, J.S. de; Caron, V.C.
Acta Horticulturae 712: 543-550
ISSN/ISBN: 0567-7572 Accession: 012855114
Both red and black lenticel spotting reduce the value of mango Tommy Atkins fruits exported from northeast Brazil to North America and Europe. By applying none, some or all postharvest operations to early and mid-season fruits, it was shown that postharvest handling increases lenticel spotting in a cumulative way. Both types of lenticel spotting were caused principally by washing fruits in a calcium hydroxide solution to prevent sap burn. Following this, the USDA phytosanitary hot water treatment reduced the potential for subsequent red lenticel spotting during cold storage, but increased black lenticel spotting.