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Cucumber is harvested as an unripe fruit and is very delicate. Care should be taken when harvesting to avoid skin damage and bruising. Cucumbers are very sensitive to chill damage and following harvest their temperature should be reduced slowly over a 24 to 48 hour period to around 10ºC (50ºF). Chill injury will occur at temperatures below 7ºC (42ºF). Shrink wrapping cucumbers in polyethylene is a very affective packaging method. Cucumbers wilt very quickly and become soft and shriveled and must be maintained in a high humidity environment. Cucumbers should not be stored anywhere near apples, pears or other ambient sources of ethylene gas.
 Recommended Post Harvest Temperatures
Cucumbers should be slowly cooled over 24 to 48 hours down to around 10ºC (50ºF). Do not chill below 7ºC (42ºF) as chilling damage will result. 95% humidity
Packaging Method
Good quality cucumbers (including Lebanese cucumbers) can be stored in unsealed PEAKfresh carton liners up to a maximum 5 kg weight. Cucumbers can be stored at domestic level in individual PEAKfresh bags that are sealed. It is very important that the temperature following packaging be around 10ºC (50ºF) with good ventilation. We recommend that cucumbers stored in PEAKfresh will need to be examined after 14 days following packaging. Avoid storage near apples, pears or other sources of ethylene gas.
Storage Temperatures
10ºC (50ºF) NOT below 7ºC (42ºF) 95% humidity
Important Please Read
All recommendations for the use of PEAKfresh products are given in good faith and based on proven field experience. Packaging method storage temperatures and humidity levels, transit and destination conditions are factors likely to affect the performance of PEAKfresh products and no liability for indirect or consequential damage can be accepted. We recommend that PEAKfresh products be trialed under local conditions before introduction to large scale commercial applications.