Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3


Western Australia, Fruit marketing, Fruit packing, Fruit picking, Fruit grading, Fruit sizing

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The orchardist's careful attention to such operations as pruning, spraying and thinning in his effort to grow good quality fruit may be nullified to a large extent by carelessness at harvesting or during the subsequent period of handling before the fruit reaches the consumer. The grower cannot afford to become careless at any stage for every injury to the skin surface or underlying tissues of the fruit will ultimately show up as a bruise, puncture or other blemish. Many of these injuries may not be noticeable at the time of picking but will be only too obvious when the fruit is offered for sale.