Storage life extension of ginseng using active modified atmosphere packaging by nitrogen generator

Wenzhong Hu, Shun Ichiro Tanaka, Toshitaka Uchino, Daisuke Nei

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The fresh ginseng roots were stored in modified atmosphere system with a nitrogen generator to validate the effect of exchanges by N 2 at interval on the qualities of ginseng in active modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). The effect of low O 2 on the chemical compositions was also determined. The storage life of fresh ginseng could be extended about 150 days in active MAP. Quality analysis showed that higher freshness and better quality of fresh ginseng were obtained from 0.07 mm and 0.05 mm packages with lower decay after 150 days of storage, especially in 0.07 mm package. The firmness of stored ginseng was almost the same as that of harvested ginseng. The chemical compositions in fresh ginseng was also not changed much, especially the content of total saponin. It indicated that fresh ginseng could be stored successfully for 150 days without losing much of its quality and chemical compositions with lower weight loss in active MAP by N 2 generator.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-408
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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