Spain: Latest research and development advances in preserved flowers

How long can the development of a process take to preserve for the first time a plant or flower?
The preservation process of vegetable materials (flowers and plants) are very varied and depend on the fresh product’s characteristic and the specification (expected quality) of the final product. According to these characteristics, the most adequate preservation method is chosen.

The development times are going to depend on these same variables and on a set of processes and methodologies that combine lab tests where prototypes are made. These prototypes are subjected to different environmental conditions (light, temperature, humidity) to understand their behavior during the specified lifetime of the product. Once the expected standard is reached in these prototypes, we continue with another plant phase and industrial tests. This phase is key to guarantee the replication of the process specifications and of the product.

Does the product have to meet special conditions before being preserved?
All of the fresh vegetable products have to meet without exception specific maturity conditions to be able to be preserved, we call this point of maturity or cut point.

A vegetable material with an inadequate point of maturity will not have the necessary conditions to pass, bear, and be benefited from the different stages of the production process.

In consequence, if a vegetable material doesn’t have the necessary maturity it will lose its properties straying away from its main objective which is to maintain the appearance of a fresh and natural product for a long period of time. Also, it’s key that the flower or plant to be preserved be cut or harvested in a matter of hours before the preservation process is begun to ensure an optimal result.

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