Packing-line modifications reduce pitting and bruising of sweet cherries
AuthorsJoseph A. Grant
James F. Thompson
Authors AffiliationsJ.A. Grant is Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin County; J.F. Thompson is Agricultural Engineer, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis.
Hilgardia 51(2):31-35. DOI:10.3733/ca.v051n02p31. March 1997.
Packing-house operations that cause sweet cherry fruit pitting or bruising damage were evaluated in a 4-year field study. Packing lines varied considerably in amounts of damage imparted to fruit, as did individual packinghouse operations. Damage was reduced by slowing fruit speed in cluster cutters, by operating cluster cutters at high throughput rates and by reducing water-drop height in shower hydrocoolers.
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