In­frared guns help to de­liver sweet­ness

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

IN­FRARED tech­nol­ogy is be­ing rolled out across mango grow­ing re­gions na­tion­wide.

Aus­tralian Mango In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion’s Sa­man­tha Frolov ex­plained the tech­nol­ogy, which will en­sure a con­sis­tent taste across the market, at the an­nual mango auc­tion.

“The in­dus­try has been an ad­vo­cate of the new in­frared tech­nol­ogy for the past three sea­sons. We have been rolling it out na­tion­ally,” she said.

“We have a num­ber of guns that we travel around the coun­try with that al­low grow­ers to utilise that tech­nol­ogy.”

The hand-held guns are ca­pa­ble of mea­sur­ing the starch con­tent within a mango.

“Through the ripen­ing process the starch... con­verts into sugar lev­els. So what it gives you is a read­ing of the sugar con­tent – it’s the sweet­ness,” she said.

“The min­i­mum for most va­ri­eties is 15%.”

Ms Frolov said the tech­nol­ogy would help de­liver con­sis­tency across the crop and this year’s mango sea­son brought high hopes.

“We are al­most at four mil­lion trays out of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory – that’s the pre­dicted fore­cast for the sea­son,” she said.

PHOTO: AN­DREA DAVY

Aus­tralian Mango In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion’s Sa­man­tha Frolov.

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