About the book
Fruits contain important vitamins, minerals, phytochemical compounds (including anthocyanin, flavonoids, lycopene, carotenoids, phenolic, etc.) and dietary fiber. These phytochemicals protect plants against macro and micro-animals and improve their adaptability to different environments, including stress conditions. These phytochemicals also reduce the risk of numerous diseases and help in curing – when consumed by humans – certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and hypertension. No single fruit can provide all essential nutrients, so a diversified diet of fruits and vegetables is recommended for a healthy lifestyle. Fruits are botanically diverse, seasonal and perishable. They have an important part in the global economy. Fruit industry, which includes the selection, reproduction, production, harvesting, handling, preservation and marketing of fruits, is very important for human diet and sustainability on the earth. The each and every step in fruit industry must aim to achieve fruit safety and security. Therefore, this book aims to present and discuss current available information in fruit industry and highlight developing new topics for further research and industrial developments.