Fresh Peeled Chestnuts: An Acient Crop Made Ready-to-Use

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1996
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
34425
Agency Tracking Number:
34425
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3276 Empire Road SW, Carrollton, OH, 44615
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Gregory Miller
Principal Investigator
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
A significant growth area in the food industry is fresh-prepared fruits and vegetables. Chestnuts are a prime candidate for peeling as a minimally-processed, refrigerated product. The present market volume of chestnuts is rather small and dominated by imported, in-shell chestnuts which often reach the consumer in poor condition and are tedious to peel by hand. An obvious solution is to offer fresh peeded and packaged chestnuts. A simple impact peeling process that we developed for chestnuts will be refined to produce this product. Objectives are 1) to improve chestnut preconditioning and the peeling device for maximum peeling with minimal kernel damage; and 2) to develop handling methods to obtain at least a two week shelf life.

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