Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Maturity Signs and Harvesting of Pineapple

Maturity Sings of Pineapple:

1. Require 105 to 130 days for maturity.
2. Colour of lower portion of fruit turns green yellow.
3. Eyes on the fruit becomes smooth or flat and they buldge on the sides.
4. Eye bracts become loose and turn brown in colour.
5. Mature pineapple should have 12% T.S.S. 0.5 to 0.6% acidity, Specific gravity 0.98 to 1.02.

Harvesting of Pineapple:

Harvesting should be done with a sharp knife severing the fruit stalk with a clean cut and retaining 5-7 cm of the stalk.

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