This study analysed the factors for influencing the occurrence of water core in apples and proposed a potential metabolism following its post-harvesting. By comparing the ordinary pulp and the region within the water core in different post-harvesting stages of the Fuji apples, although the occurrence of water core did not significantly change the appearance of the apples, its interior firmness decreased with increased cell permeability. Furthermore, fructose content decreased, and sorbitol content increased rapidly accompanied by a reduction of sorbitol dehydrogenase activity at the site of water core. The cell morphology also demonstrated that the cells became denser and the blue aggregates formed. It indicated that the cell walls were saturated with locally highly accumulated sorbitol, followed by visualised transparent spots. In summary, the occurrence of water core during the post-harvesting of Fuji apples was found to be related to the increased sorbitol content and the corresponding decreased dehydrogenase activity.
|Journal||International Journal of Food Science and Technology|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2023|