Arowora et al Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (1), pp.039-047, January 2013 ISSN: 2276-7770 Research Paper Manuscript Number:110112192 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2013.1.110112192 Effects of Aloe Vera Coatings on Quality Characteristics of Oranges Stored Under Cold Storage *Arowora, K.A.1, Williams J.O1,Adetunji, C.O.1, Fawole, O.B.2, Afolayan, S.S.1, Olaleye, O.O.1, Adetunji, J.B.3 and Ogundele, B.A.1 Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute, Km 3, Asa dam road, P.M.B. 1489, Ilorin, Kwara state. University of Ilorin, Department of Agronomy, Department of Biochemistry P.M.B. 1515, Ilorin, Kwara state *1Corresponding Author’s Email: arowora firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract: Three hundred and twenty (320) oranges of Valencia variety were stored under cold conditions in the refrigerator for 8 weeks. The following parameters were carried out during the course of storage: Total soluble solids, titratable acidity, weight loss, firmness, pH, vitamin C and sugar/ acid ratio. The final value for firmness for coated oranges was found to be 1781.25 + 118.30N, while that of uncoated oranges was 1531.25 + 185.53N. The pH was gradually increasing during the course of storage in the two treatments, whereas vitamin C was found to be decreasing in storage. The total soluble solid for coated oranges was 9.79+ 1.14% while that of uncoated oranges was found to be 9.34 + 0.06% at the end of storage. There was a linear decrease in titratable acidity during the course of storage. It was found that the value obtained for coated oranges was higher than that of uncoated oranges which was obtained to be 1.14 + 0.07 at the end of storage. Converse to this was obtained for % weight losses in the two treatments. 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