ARKA HIGH HUMIDITY STORAGE BOX FOR SHELF LIFE EXTENSION OF GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES
Arka High Humidity storage box designed and developed by ICAR-IIHR maintains higher relative humidity needed by green leafy vegetables to retain freshness. Green leafy vegetables such as Amaranthus, Palak, Fenugreek, Mint and Coriander stored in Arka High Humidity storage box had higher freshness, lesser physiological loss in weight (PLW%), lesser spoilage. Green leafy vegetables had a shelf life of 48hours in Arka High humidity Storage Box kept in room temperature (26-28°C, 52% RH) as compared to shelf life of less than 24 hours in commercial practice of covering green leafy vegetable with wet gunny cloth. With no electricity consumption and without any refrigeration, freshness of green leafy vegetables is retained in Arka High Humidity Storage box. It is highly suitable for vegetable retail shops, super markets and vegetable vendors. This Arka High Humidity storage box gives hygienic way of storage of fresh green leafy vegetables.