International Journal of Horticulture and Floriculture

International Journal of Horticulture and Floriculture ISSN 2167-0455 Vol. 6 (9), pp. 001-005, September, 2018. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Study on dry leaf production of asparagus (Asparagus densiflorus)

M. A. Meman* and A. V. Barad

Department of Horticulture, College of Agriculture, Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh, Gujarat, India.

Accepted 03 May, 2018

Abstract

The study was undertaken to standardize the technology for dry leaf production in asparagus. The experiment was conducted with twelve treatment combinations consisting of three drying temperature and four embedding media during year 2007. Observations were recorded at an interval of four hours starting from 4th h to optimum drying (constant weight) during drying process. Percent moisture loss and reduction in width (cm) of leaf was significantly highest at higher temperature and silica gel during entire process of drying from 4 - 16th h of drying. The temperature revealed that the low temperature with borax exhibited well maintained smooth surface, less mechanical damage during handling and acceptable colour (aesthetically acceptable).

Key words: Drying temperature, embedding media, asparagus.