When to pick ripe apples in the fall
Using texture analysis to measure apple crispness
|Biting an apple can be simulated with a texture analyzer|
What factors affect crispness? And by how much? Is crispness measurable? And so can it be controlled? The FTC texture analyzer can test an apple for crispness. Shearing and penetration -methods which involve the cutting of the sample or puncture of its outer layer - are particularly representative and valuable. Biting, slicing and chewing can be well represented by these techniques.
The apple producer is able to simulate and correlate to whichever scenarios best represents their preferred established quality tests. Penetration is a long-established industry standard method to test an apple for its texture.
The Magness-Taylor probe kit
|FTC Magness-Taylor probe kit|
Breeding trials and variety texture comparison
|Bar chart comparing apple varieties|