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cut force, firmness, shear force

Abstract

Texture Technologies has developed a method for testing peach firmness of for the peach industry. Newly harvested peaches can be extremely firm, so a bulk testing method, such as using a kramer shear cell, is not effective. Measured forces with a kramer shear cell can easily exceed 100 kilos. Peaches are also not well suited to puncture tests since puncture tests pick up too much spot-to-spot firmness variability. We developed a cut test on peach wedges with a specific heel width.