Sweet pepper is the second largest export commodity in Israel, with approx. 140,000 tons of fruits from several types (bell, elongated and chili) marketed mostly in Europe, some being sold in North America. This necessitates the practice of excellent pre- and postharvest techniques which will maintain fruit quality for more than 2 weeks. Elazar Fallik, ARO-The Volcani Center, with the Department of Postharvest Science of Fresh Produce, conducted both basic and applied research during the last 15 years to develop and improve postharvest practices for Israeli-grown peppers.
This paper summarizes the postharvest practices know-how that have developed and are currently used in Israel, from the moment the fruit is harvested until it is exported abroad. In addition, we will summarize the latest research that is conducted to expand export and to develop new markets for Israeli peppers.