No more bruised avocados

Apr 8, 2014

‘Precise firmness testing machines’ could be the solution to avocado bruising, according to a professor of the University of Queensland (UQ).

Darl Joyce of UQ believes that ‘decision aid tools’ will prevent shoppers from purchasing bruised fruit in store and therefore, restore consumer confidence in buying fruit.

One in three avocados are considered a disappointment by consumers, according to research conducted by the University of Queensland’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences and the Queensland government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

“Precise firmness-testing machines for avocados already exist in laboratories” Joyce said. 

“If we could adapt such devices for use in supermarkets, shoppers could learn how many days away the piece of fruit is from being ready to eat, without them having to squeeze it.”

Read the full article in Food Magazine.

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