Fruits are very tasty and one of the most nutritious foods available. They contain important antioxidants that can help stave off disease in young people, adults and the elderly.
That’s why it’s important fruit is made more available to as many people as possible. Unfortunately, unlike breads and cereals – which can easily last for months or years at room temperature – fruit can become rotten much quicker, making it more difficult to store mass quantities of it.
That’s where Point Five packaging comes in: Our modified atmosphere packaging is especially effective at extending the life of fruits. When frozen, the packaging can help extend shelf lives even more. Read on to find out how.
Packaging to Extend Fruit’s Shelf Life
Our packaging seals out the elements in the air that cause fruit to rot. An example of food rotting is when apples turn brown. This is because the oxygen in the air has interacted with the enzymes in the fruit and caused them to age very quickly. As you know from experience a brown apple slice is not very tasty – and it means that it’s lost much of its nutrition, too.
But packing food in modified atmosphere packaging – which removes oxygen from the container and replaces it with elements that won’t rot food – can keep fruits around for much longer than ever before. For example, the National Mango Board suggests that mangos – one of the most nutritious passion fruits – can be preserved for up to six months if it is cubed, frozen and stored in an airtight container.
Some fruits, surprisingly, actually benefit from being left out for a while exposed to the atmosphere.
Bananas are actually most nutritious after they’ve sat out for a period of time. Some people think that brown spots on bananas are a bad thing – quite the opposite. The brown spots indicate that the starches in the banana fruit have matured to their fullest potential.
Mangos and some other passion fruits have a similar process. Mangos, for example, won’t completely ripen if they are refrigerated and placed into storage. You can tell a mango is ripe by gently squeezing it. Like an avocado, being slightly soft means that it’s ready to eat.
Food Packaging Helps Retain Taste and Nutrition
However, that doesn’t mean you should let bananas and mangos out for too long past their ripened stage. According to the National Mango Board, you can leave a whole (unpeeled) ripe mango in a refrigerator for up to five days before it is no longer safe to eat.
Enjoy your fruits and eat plenty of them for optimal digestive and heart health. Find out more information about our packaging for fruit and vegetables here.
Contact Point 5 Packaging for more information on our fruit packaging solutions today!