POSTHARVEST EVALUATION OF FHIA-01 AND OTHER NEW BANANA VARIETIES FOR SUBTROPICAL AUSTRALIA
The results showed that Goldfinger harvested at ¾ full stage (36–39 mm grades) had adequate green life. Ripening at 16 °C with high relative humidity levels (>96% RH), applying 1 ppm ethylene (trickle), gave fruit of the best appearance and colour. Judged by fruit appearance, Goldfinger and Lady Finger had longer shelf life after ripening than Williams, but Goldfinger fruit softened more rapidly than the other two varieties. When finger drop occurred in Goldfinger it was reduced by harvesting fruit at a less mature stage or lowering the ripening temperature. There was a low incidence of ripe fruit rots in Goldfinger.