Kiwi Fruit is also known as Chinese Gooseberry. Most long term storage of Kiwi Fruit is under controlled atmosphere conditions regulating supplies of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Some varieties of Kiwi Fruit can be stored six to eight months under CA storage conditions. It is possible to maintain excellent quality Kiwi Fruit packed inPEAKfresh tray liners for periods up to six months under normal cool room conditions. Storage quality of Kiwi Fruit will be dramatically reduced if the fruit is damaged as result of harvesting and mechanical handling including skin rub resulting in the removal of hairs from the skin. Bad temperature control and poor handling results in the development of grey and blue mould and rot. Late picked fruit needs to be carefully monitored for long term storage conditions. Extremely sensitive to the presence of very small volumes of ethylene gas and should never be stored in areas where there is the slightest possibility of ethylene gas entering the cool room environment. Never store with ethylene producing fruit such as apples or pears.
Recommended Post Harvest Temperatures
- OºC (31º – 32ºF) and 90% – 95% relative humidity.
Pack house hygiene is very important to avoid the transfer of bacterial diseases. Kiwi Fruit should never be pre-cooled using chilled water. The fruit should be forced air cooled to the recommended temperature range within eight to 12 hours of harvest and then maintained at this temperature during packing, storage and transportation phases. Wherever possible, retail storage of Kiwi Fruit should be around 2ºC (36ºF). Good quality firm fruit is packed into preformed plastic trays that are placed inside a PEAKfresh tray liner that is folded closed and then placed inside a tray box and palletized. It is important that air flow be maintained around all cartons packed on pallets. We recommend that the PEAKfresh tray liner not be sealed so as to avoid any excessive buildup of carbon dioxide during long term storage but to also provide protection during the transport phase of distribution where there is likely to be a rapid increase in temperature.
Important Please Read
All recommendations for the use of PEAKfresh products are given in good faith and based on proven field experience. Packaging method storage temperatures and humidity levels, transit and destination conditions are factors likely to affect the performance of PEAKfresh products and no liability for indirect or consequential damage can be accepted. We recommend that PEAKfresh products be trialed under local conditions before introduction to large scale commercial applications.