POSTHARVEST HANDLING TECHNIQUES FOR CV. KINNOW MANDARIN

S.S. Sandhu
Postharvest handling techniques for Kinnow fruits such as maturity indices, harvesting, grade specification and various packaging materials were studied during the past decade in the Department of Horticulture, Punjab Agriculture University. Brix°-acid ratio is the good index for judging maturity. The fruits from the periphery should be picked by mid January when they attain Brix°-acid ratio of 12:1 whereas the fruits from the interior of the tree can be harvest when attaining 14:1 Brix°-acid ratio. Fruit stalk should be cut as short as possible, otherwise it will puncture the other fruits in the pack and become a source of infection. Kinnow fruits can be conveniently graded into 4 grades i.e. extra large, large, medium and A grade. Large and medium grades had higher juice percentage, Brix° and acidity. Among the various packages tried, wooden crate had the lowest losses and also maintained desirable quality of the fruits.
Sandhu, S.S. (1992). POSTHARVEST HANDLING TECHNIQUES FOR CV. KINNOW MANDARIN. Acta Hortic. 321, 747-755
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1992.321.94
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1992.321.94

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