Studies carried out to design a suitable consumer package for 'Guntur' and
'Byadigi' varieties of chillis revealed that moisture contents of 14.00 and
11.2%, respectively were critical for facilitating mould growth in them. B
ut initial moisture contents of 10.45% at 64% RH and 9.60% at 57% RH were f
ound critical for storage of these varieties, respectively. Under tropical
conditions. 300 gauge High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) films were suitable
for packaging 'Guntur' and 'Byadigi' whole chillis in unit packs of 250 g.
However, the Metallised Polyester Polyethylene (MPP) stored samples retaine
d higher colour than HDPE in both the conditions regardless of varieties. T
he MPP and HDPE packagings were not suitable for storage of 'Guntur' and 'B
yadigi' chillis in accelerated conditions (90%, RH-38 degreesC). The discol
oration of the red pigments of chillis during storage was greatly influence
d by moisture and temperature. The capsaicin content showed a decreasing tr
end irrespective of storage conditions, packagings and varieties. Under ide
ntical packaging and storage conditions,'Guntur' chillis had better shelf l
ife than 'Byadigi' chilli.