Cool video, showing what is involved in getting produce from Field to Supermarket. As a cherry grower and packer, I face similar challenges with the majority of our cherries being picked, packed, shipped and received overseas within 48 hours. This is not an endorsement of Zon Fruit & Vegetables

Saturday, April 27, 2013

White-Fleshed Nectarines

Grades: No.1| No.2 (Utility)|Orchard Run
Trays: 30/36|40/44|48/50|54/56|60/64|70/72|80+
Bulk: 30/34|36|40|42|44|48|50|56|60|64|70|72|80+
Cartons: 4.54kg/10#|8.18kg/18#|10kg/22#|11.36kg/25#
Store: Refrigerated|Optimum Temperature +1C/33F
See: Stonefruit Overview

Remarks: Easy to handle, Asians love to eat these hard like apples. The best varieties have high “brix” (sugar) and taste sweet while still firm. Varieties with round bottoms hold up better and are much sweeter.

Displaying: Firm nectarines can be left on display for 2-3 days with little impact. White nectarines emit a wonderful aroma when they are ripe.

Regardless of when the fruit was received, always stack ripe fruit on top to move quickly. Display red side face up to maximize eye appeal. Put up a sign “Please Handle Gently” to minimize shrink. Rotate regularly and pull down ripe fruit at close and put back into the cooler.  

Many shoppers have never eaten white-fleshed nectarines before, sampling can increase sales by +100%. Cull soft, overripe fruit, bag up and sell at a discount. Do not use overripe fruit for samples, this will deter sales. Throw out decayed fruit.

Receiving: If available, check the Lot Number, Grower Number, Packing Date and Variety. Inspect the fruit for color (green tinge), cracks and rot. Fruit with green shoulders will not ripen properly. 

Deformed or misshapen fruit may be a sign of "split-stone" and should be rejected. Cut open a nectarine and inspect the pit for split stone (see Stonefruit Overview). Sample. Bottoms with a tiny black dot on their tips (needle size) can spoil on display in one day and should be rejected. Fruit should look clean, attractive and be firm to the touch. Reject fruit in general with an accumulation of more than 10% defects.



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