QUALITY OF PEACHES AS A FUNCTION OF PICKING TIME AND CONSUMER'S PREFERENCES
The quality is the highest when peaches are picked at a firmness level lower than 3 kg/0.5 cm2 (yellow peaches) or 2.5 kg/0.5 cm2 (white peaches). A very few number of varieties are felt bad by tasters when harvested at the good maturity.
A harvest at maturity increases the yield, and the profit for producer is 5 to 14% bigger. Trading tasts have shown that the consumers accept to pay 30% more for peaches with superior warranted gustative quality.