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Evaluation of Sanitization Treatments for Red Amaranthus (Amaranthus tricolor L.)
Amaranthus is known as 'poor man's spinach' which is most commonly used leafy vegetable rich in nutrients. Increased need of sanitization in postharvest handling of leafy vegetables has been reported due to outbreak of disease causing pathogens and also due to huge postharvest loss. In the present study amaranthus (var. Arun) were sanitized with different sanitizing agents viz., ozonised water, sodium hypochlorite, brine and tap water (control). Effectiveness of these sanitizing agents for surface decontamination of harvested amaranthus was evaluated by analyzing microbial, physiological and visual parameters. The results revealed that amaranthus sanitized with 2 ppm ozonised water had highest microbial reduction (85.68%), lowest physiological loss in weight (25.63%), highest relative water content (63.11%) and highest score for visual parameters and overall acceptability which was followed by the treatment with 30 ppm sodium hypochlorite. Sanitization with 2 ppm ozonised water also extended the shelf-life of amaranthus upto 4 h of storage at room temperature.
Sanitization, Amaranthus, Ozonised Water, Sodium Hypochlorite, Shelf-Life.
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