Products featuring real fruit appeal strongly to today’s health-conscious consumers, but significant technical obstacles have previously limited the use of fruit-based ingredients in many products with a long shelf life.
UK horticultural firm Thompson & Morgan has developed the TomTato - a plant that produces both tomatoes and potatoes.
The large, and growing, market share of ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables has been made possible by the development of invisible, colourless, odourless, tasteless, edible coatings.
Researchers have developed what they claim is the world's first low-GI potato. Research on the Carisma potato will be presented at the International Congress of Nutrition in Granada, Spain.
This year's walnut crop will be slightly early, but will be of high quality, the Californian walnut industry says. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service California Field Office has predicted the annual yield will be 495,000 short tons.
Having found that frozen broccoli lacks the ability to form the anticancer phytochemical sulforaphane, reasearchers have found how food processors can restore the health benefit to the vegetable.
Taura Natural Ingredients has available a range of premium-quality fruit ingredients, made using its ultra rapid concentration (URC) process that concentrates the taste, texture and nutrients of fruit into pieces, flakes and pastes, for use in applications such as chocolate, breakfast cereals, baked goods, confectionery and snack bars.
Cost-effective strategies for control of produce contamination may become realities now that researchers have identified a variety of factors that influence the likelihood of E. coli contamination of spinach on farms prior to harvest.
Field trials and genetic studies have shown that a new variety of broccoli reliably yields higher levels of a health-promoting compound.
Professor Daryl Joyce of UQ’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences has been selecting and evaluating new varieties of the ancient Chinese red bayberry fruit (Myrica rubra) for commercialisation in Australia.
Researchers at the University of Seville (Spain) have developed a technique for estimating grape composition and variety using computer imaging. They have also put forward an index for identifying the ripeness of seeds without the need for chemical analysis. This new method can help to decide the best moment for picking.
A Spanish researcher has investigated the use of essential oils in prolonging the shelf life of potatoes rather than using synthetic antigerminants.
Bananas ripen, soften and rot into an unappetising mush, seemingly in the blink of an eye - but a solution may be at hand. Chinese scientists are developing a spray-on coating that consumers could use to delay the ripening of bananas.
University of Warwick chemists have taken out much of the cocoa butter and milk fats that go into chocolate bars, substituting them with tiny droplets of juice measuring under 30 µm in diameter.
A prototype computer vision system has been used to identify substandard potatoes. The machine vision system used off-the-shelf hardware to enable affordable detection, identification and quantification of common defects affecting potatoes.