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Fruit for Showing and Judging

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

As for Vegetables, there are similar requirements for fruit, i.e.

CONDITION - (Fresh, clear skins, natural bloom, no pest or disease, scratches, bruises or any other damage)


SIZE, SHAPE and COLOUR - commensurate with the cultivar

But note also that all fruits (except apricots, nectarines, peaches and nuts) should be shown with stalks attached and intact.

Apples, pears and gooseberries may be shown ripe or unripe, but that over-ripeness is a major defect.

Apples - Dessert - normally less than 80mm dia with size and colour characteristic of the cultivar. Culinary – At least 80mm dia with colour characteristic of the cultivar. Natural skins - Do not polish

Pears - Natural skins – Do not polish. Size and colour characteristic of the cultivar.

Cane Fruits (e.g. Raspberries, Loganberries, Strawberries etc. - Large ripe fruits, handle by the stalk only.

Blueberries - Should be shown as single berries - avoiding damaging the natural bloom.

Cherries - Large ripe fruits with un-shrivelled stalks.

Citrus - Shapely, ripe fruits.

Currants (e.g. Black, red, white and gooseberry hybrids,e.g. worcesterberries) Strigs with complement of berries, fresh stalks. Handle by the stalk.

Figs - large, fully ripe with stalk.

Grapes - Large complete bunches with well developed individual berries.

Peaches and nectarines - Large fruits, commensurate with the cultivar.

Pears - Culinary and dessert - Large fruits commensurate with the cultivar.

Plums and Gages - Do not spoil the natural bloom, handle by the stalk. Slight shrivelling in gages is not regarded as a defect.

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