Fig 0: Chestnuts

Postharvest handling and storage of chestnuts

Working document of the project: TCP/CPR/8925
"Integrated Pest Management and Storage of Chestnuts
in XinXian County, Henan Province, China."

by Fabio Mencarelli
November 2001

Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations


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Table of Contents

Section 1. Postharvest physiology and pathology of chestnuts

        1.1 Introduction

        1.2 Botanical notes and Chemical composition

        1.3 Physical structure of chestnuts

        1.4 Respiration and ethylene production

        1.5 Transpiration

        1.6 Sprouting

        1.7 Diseases

        1.8 Disorders

Section 2. Postharvest technology of chestnuts

        2.1 The three CS

        2.2 Maturity index and Harvest

        2.3 Quality parameters and procedure

        2.4 Handling procedures

        2.5 Water Curing

        2.6 Storage

        2.7 Transport

        2.8 Merchandising

ANNEX 1 - Total Quality Score

ANNEX 2 - Flow diagram of chestnut handling in the packinghouse

ANNEX 3 - Traditional sand storage method with small modifications

ANNEX4 - Ventilated wet air system for chestnuts storage

ANNEX 5 - Physiological characteristics and storage requirements

ANNEX 6 - Risk assessment flow process chart of chestnuts