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Southern Belle
Southern Belle.

Southern Belle

Harvest Maturity

  • Skin Colour

    Not applicable.

  • Total Soluble Solids (TSS%)

    Minimum 12.0

  • Flesh Firmness

    Maximum :   9.0

    Minimum :   4.5  (Air freight 1.5 lower than minimum)

    Optimum :   6.5  (Not for inspection purposes)

  • Harvesting

    Generic information [PL2]

Other Quality Requirements At Pack

  • Quality Requirements

Packaging And Cold Storage

  • Internal Packaging (Standard Loose Pack)

    Standard 5 kg loose pack

    • Use 300 x 400 mm pulp or plastic trays.
    • Use 300 x 400 mm paper inter-sheet  between plums and top tray.
    • Option 1: 54 x 2 mm perforated LDPE 20 micron grape bag. Bag must be folded closed at the top.
    • Option 2: 500 x 800 mm plum HDPE 18 -20 micron shrivel sheet with 48 x 6 mm perforations. Place shrivel sheet in carton and fold over plums from both sides.
    • Use 300 x 400 mm white corrugated sheet (58 g) on top of the folded bag or shrivel sheet.
  • Punnets

    Use packaging option 1 or 2 as above in jumble packed cartons.

  • Other Packs

    Refer to stone fruit industry packaging guidelines Pome Stone Handling Protocols

  • Cold Storage
    • The default temperature regime for Southern Belle plums is PD7. If the TSS is 15% or higher a PD1 can be used.
    • The maximum recommended cold storage period for Southern Belle plums in the standard loose pack is 42 days from the harvest date.
    • Internal disorders develop exponentially during cold storage and cold storage should be as short as possible.

    For Generic Information on handling after harvest, cooling, shipping and shipping regimes [PL4]

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