Postharvest Physiology and Handling of Guava Fruit

Foods. 2024 Mar 6;13(5):805. doi: 10.3390/foods13050805.


Guavas are typical tropical fruit with high nutritional and commercial value. Because of their thin skin and high metabolic rate, guavas are highly susceptible to water loss, physical damage, and spoilage, severely limiting their shelf-life. Guavas can typically only be stored for approximately one week at room temperature, making transportation, storage, and handling difficult, resulting in low profit margins in the industry. This review focuses on the physiological and biochemical changes and their molecular mechanisms which occur in postharvest guavas, and summarizes the various management strategies for extending the shelf-life of these sensitive fruits by means of physical and chemical preservation and their combinations. This review also suggests future directions and reference ideas for the development of safe and efficient shelf-life extension techniques.

Keywords: CA storage; chemical treatment; packaging; physical preservation; shelf-life extension.

Publication types

  • Review

Grants and funding

This work was financially supported by the Provincial project of Innovation and Entrepreneurship training plan for college students of South China Agricultural University (grant no. S202310564155).