CHANGES IN QUALITY AND MATURITY OF MID SEASON PEACHES (CVS. FLAVORCREST & ELEGANT LADY) DURING MATURATION AND RIPENING
The objectives of this study were to characterize the quality and maturity changes of peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch.] fruit cvs. Flavorcrest and Elegant Lady during maturation and ripening, to develop an objective harvest index, based on non-destructive parameters and to evaluate statistical models to predict maturity measured as the ethylene evolution rate (EER).