Interview with Enrico Turoni, CEO of T.R. Turoni, by FreshPlaza
For more than 20 years, T.R. TURONI develops accurate and reliable instruments for analysis, control and measurement at all stages of agricultural production.
After the success achieved with its durometer on cherries and tomatoes, the company has decided to modify it for its application on berries and table grapes. Enrico Turoni, CEO of T.R. Turoni, explains: "This instrument makes it possible to quickly, accurately and non-invasively measure the firmness of the pulp. This is a very important ripening index, as it has a direct impact on the shelf life of the fruit.
On cherries, tomatoes, blueberries and grapes, the classical methods to assess the hardness of the fruit flesh, such as the penetrometer, do not give interesting results, according to Turoni. "With the durometer, however, we obtain a more realistic evaluation. The latter simulates the pressure of a finger on the flesh without piercing it. Its application to grapes can produce an index that can also be linked to the crunchiness of the fruit, which is highly appreciated by consumers".
“In addition to the sugar degree, a parameter traditionally measured on grapes, we can therefore quickly assess the firmness of the pulp and, thanks to the acidimeters that have been developed in recent years, we can also quickly ascertain the strength of acids".