Leaves of three different sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) cultivars (Italico a foglia larga, Cammeo, and Italiano classico) packed in macro-perforated polyethylene bags were stored at chilling (4 °C) or non-chilling temperature (12 °C) for 9 days. During storage, visual quality, physiological (respiration rate, ethylene production, ammonium content) and chemical (antioxidant activity, total polyphenols and polyphenol profile) parameters were measured. Detached leaves stored at chilling temperature showed visual symptoms related to chilling injury, while ethylene production and ammonium content resulted associated to cultivar sensibility to damage at low temperature. Storage at 4 °C caused a depletion in polyphenols content and antioxidant capability, which was preserved at 12 °C. Regarding the polyphenols profile, stressful storage conditions did not enhance the phenolic metabolism. However, leaves stored at 12 °C did not loss a significant amount of metabolites respect to fresh leaves, suggesting the possibility to extend the storability after the expiration date, for a possible recovery of bioactive compounds.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2017.02.137|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000400033000095|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-85014789035|
|Titolo:||Changes in visual quality, physiological and biochemical parameters assessed during the postharvest storage at chilling or non-chilling temperatures of three sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) cultivars|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|