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USA: Long Live Fresh-cut Veggies

USA: Long Live Fresh-cut Veggies

Fresh-cut peppers and lettuces in supermarkets have a shot at lasting longer thanks to a team of USDA researchers who recently evaluated a diverse collection of peppers. The team looked at 50 types of peppers available commercially to find those that can stand up to prolonged cold storage after being cut. Fresh-cut sweet bell and elongated peppers exhibited signs of deterioration such as fluid leakage after 10-14 days of storage, whereas jalapeno and serrano peppers didn’t lose fluids until 14 days of storage. The team found that some varieties in each pepper type showed exceptional fluid maintenance beyond 14 days, meaning the peppers stayed firm and didn’t exhibit tissue breakdown. These results provide opportunities for plant breeders, via traditional breeding, to incorporate attributes into new breeds that contribute to fresh-cut quality and will benefit both the food industry as well as consumers. (Source: ars.usda.gov)