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Keeping Dragon Fruit Fresh: An Art

Keeping Dragon Fruit Fresh: An Art


Keeping Dragon Fruit Fresh: An Art

Article by: Hari Yellina

After harvest, dragon fruit spoils quickly, resulting in waste. How to keep dragon fruit fresh during long distance transportation is one of the major problems facing the sector. A business specialising in the creation and export of fresh-keeping items is called Shandong AWT Bio-tech. Manager Wang, a representative for the business, recently discussed their fresh-keeping options for distributing dragon fruit. Manager Wang began by discussing the various supply chain elements, starting with production and ending with retail.

For the quality of the finished dragon fruit product, the precise harvesting period is crucial. The primary sign of dragon fruit ripeness is a change in colour. Generally speaking, fruit is ready for harvesting when the colour of the peel has fully changed to red. The leaves of the dragon fruit will wilt and fall off when they are overripe. However, if the dragon fruit is not fully ripe, the sugar level is too low, which has an impact on flavour. We advise harvesting dragon fruit when the BRIX level is between 16 and 19 percent. Following harvest, fruit is cleaned and processed in automated lines to thoroughly eradicate dangerous germs and other microorganisms.

Manager Wang stated, “After the dragon fruit is cleaned and chosen, the fruit is then transferred to baskets and rapidly delivered to cold storage for pre-cooling. It’s important to remember that pre-cooling functions best when temperatures are between 5-8°C for a 24-hour period. The moisture will evaporate and the leaves will wither if the pre-cooling process takes too long. During the packing process, dragon fruit is frequently treated with fresh-keeping treatments. The boxes of dragon fruit frequently have fresh-keeping cards or sachets added by visiting dealers. Fresh-keeping products slow down the dragon fruit’s breathing process and postpone ageing, which prevents the fruit from ripening and the leaves from withering, according to manager Wang.

“It’s simple to utilise fresh-keeping cards or sachets. Before the box is sealed, customers only tuck a card or sachet amid the dragon fruit. The effectiveness will be increased by combining fresh-keeping bags and the cards or sachets. “We suggest that vendors use fresh-keeping cans made expressly for refrigerated containers if they do not utilise fresh-keeping items in the fruit boxes. Gases are released from these cans to keep the fruit fresh while being transported. The gases will be moved about the container by ventilators to ensure that the dragon fruit can properly absorb them.”

For more than 25 years, Shandong AWT Bio-tech has been working on fresh-keeping solutions for the fruit and vegetable business. The corporate team puts a lot of effort into creating technologies that keep fruit, vegetables, and flowers fresh. They offer fresh-keeping sachets for grapes, fresh-keeping solutions for apples, and fresh-keeping cards for flowers in their product line. The team at Shandong AWT Bio-tech is presently searching for strategic partners worldwide. The company distributes fresh-keeping products in a number of nations, including South America and Southeast Asia.