Department of Horticulture, College of
Forestry & Hill Agriculture, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture
& Technology, Hill Campus, Ranichauri - 249 199, Distt. Tehri
Garhwal, Uttaranchal, India.
The fruit quality of apricot cv. New Castle
at 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 68, , and 73 days after full bloom (DAFB) was
studied in Ranichauri, Uttaranchal, India, from February to June 1999.
Fruit length and weight significantly increased whereas chlorophyll
content substantially decreased up to 60 DAFB, then remained stable
until the harvesting period (73 DAFB). Fruit weight, volume, and
specific gravity, pulp weight, and total soluble solid, total sugar, and
nonreducing sugar contents increased until harvest. The opposite trend
was recorded for stone weight, firmness, titratable acidity (in terms
of malic acid content), and starch and ascorbic acid contents. Fruits
most appropriate for transport were harvested at 71 DAFB, whereas those
intended for local consumption were harvested at 73 DAFB.