Post Harvest Technology
After the fruits are harvested, they are immediately graded according to its size and colour. According to the Bureau of Indian Standards, there are three grades of brinjal which are super, fancy and commercial. After grading, in order to protect them they are packed in bamboo baskets, wooden baskets and plastic boxes for transport. The brinjal fruit is stored at 10 -12°C in cold storage and at 85 -95% relative humidity & cannot be stored for more than 14 days as it might cause chilling injury. The fruits can be stored in summers for 1 or 2 days and for 3 to 4 days in winters. They are transported from yards to places through ordinary truck and lorries. It is very important to pack the fruits appropriately, taking care of the loading and unloading to prevent damage.