Postharvest processing of large cardamom in the Eastern Himalaya: a review and recommendations for increasing the sustainability of a niche crop

Singh, Angom Ingocha and Pothula, Anand Kumar (2013) Postharvest processing of large cardamom in the Eastern Himalaya: a review and recommendations for increasing the sustainability of a niche crop. Mountain Research and Development , 33 (4). pp. 453-462. ISSN 0276-4741

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Abstract

The dried fruits of large cardamom (Amomum subulatum Roxb.), a high-value, low-volume spice crop grown only in the three eastern Himalayan countries, are widely used in foods, beverages, perfumes, and medicines. Production is currently declining, and improved postharvest management would be one way to help ensure the sustainability of this niche crop. The value chain for large cardamom consists largely of traditional practices; scientific improvements are needed in a number of postharvest steps, including marketing. This article reviews the crop's postharvest processing (with emphasis on curing, calyx cutting, packaging, and storage), quality issues, and trade patterns, and identifies research topics that could contribute to increasing its quality and value and thereby to protecting and promoting the livelihoods of several thousands of people in the value chain.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made accessible according to license.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2019 23:22
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 01:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: large cardamom, postharvest processing, quality, curing, grading, calyx cutting, trade.
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-12-00069.1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35701

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