How to Improve Apricot Quality Control
Apricots are similar in nature to plums, peaches and cherries, and they’re also related to the almond! To get the best out of an apricot harvest, it’s important to think about when to harvest apricots, and what makes a good quality apricot. Often, growers will pick an apricot early, while it’s still quite firm to avoid shipping damage, although overly firm apricots are not ripe yet. If an apricot is too soft, this suggests it’s overripe, and has been left on the tree too long. Apricots are a healthy choice – if you’re wondering about the content of sugar in fresh apricots, one fresh apricot has just three grams of sugar.
In order to provide the best apricot yield when harvesting apricots, a better measure of quality control is needed across the value chain. Rather than subjectively looking for defects and tracking information via pen, paper and Excel spreadsheets, a consistent and digitized approach is needed. This would allow for transparency around the quality control of apricot harvesting, and a common language around what makes a good quality apricot for marketing companies, wholesalers, and retailers.
Common Defects when Growing & Harvesting Apricots
The following defects are the ones that are most likely to affect apricot quality across the supply chain:
Common Quality Attributes for Growing and Harvesting Apricots
The following internal and external apricot attributes are commonly used for quality evaluation: