Handle with care
Whether it is in the orchard, in the cold store, in the supermarket or at home, pears should be treated delicately. All kinds of damage can occur. This may be directly visible, but may also become visible after a couple of days or months. When a pear falls or when it bumps against a tough surface, it will easily show bruises or skin damage. Also high pressure or weight, for instance from other pears, will cause bruises. Bruising of a pear results in ethylene production. This may accelerate the ripening of the fruit and may cause even more loss then only the bruised fruit. Damaged fruits may be an entrance point for pathogens, creating even more problems. Handling pears with care greatly decreases the losses in the chain. Therefore, companies often follow standardized procedures to make sure damage caused by handling is prevented.
Attention points in the chain
Take only few pears at a time. Photo by Brylynskyi/Shutterstock.com
1. Take only a few pears at a timeAt harvest, but also when sorting or packing manually, only a few pears at a time should be in your hands. Having more of them may increase the risk of falling or bumping against each other.
Do not throw with pears, they are vulnerable. Photo by Pawle/Shutterstock.com
2. Don't throw with pearsPear should not be thrown in a bin or box, but placed carefully. This counts for placing pears in baskets at harvest, or when packing pears after sorting/grading.
Cut or cover your nails to prevent damage to the fruit. Photo by WFBR
3. Make sure nails are cut or coveredNails can easily damage the skin of apples. Using gloves or having short nails helps here.
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