Tenderness, Climate, and Citrus Fruit

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Science  06 Mar 1959:
Vol. 129, Issue 3349, pp. 639-640
DOI: 10.1126/science.129.3349.639


Tenderness of coastal-grown citrus fruit to fumigation, spray, and storage practices, and to frost, as compared with fruit grown in the drier interior districts of southern California, is correlated with lower puncture-pressures and higher moisture content of peel. The hardening effect of moisture stress is also exhibited by fruit from tree tops.