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exterior hardness, interior hardness, energy, brittleness

Abstract

We tested ‘smoked’ and ‘natural’ nonpareil shelled almonds provided by the Dole Nut Company of Orland, CA for exterior and interior hardness using the TA.XTPlus Texture Analyzer with a TA-44 Craft Knife. The Dole Nut Company evaluated this technology as part of its ongoing commitment to identifying concealed internal damage in nuts. The knife’s replaceable razor blades are sharp enough to cut easily into and through a shelled almond without crushing or shattering it, allowing the nuts’ internal textural characteristics to be quantified.