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March 4, 2013 - 8:49 am
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I have a sapota, chikoo tree for few years ( more than 5) it bears a lot of fruits but the fruits never ripen, they stay stone hard. What is wrong?

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March 4, 2013 - 8:58 am
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Here is a link to a picture of the tree..

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March 4, 2013 - 3:07 pm
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Chikoo needs warmth to ripen.

After plucking, wrap them in a towel and keep in a warm place.

You may also keep them in a bag of rice for a couple of days.

Thats what I do when I buy raw chikoo from the market.

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March 5, 2013 - 8:53 am
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thanks, but is it ok to pluck them stone hard from the tree?

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I googeld for chikoo harvest and got this -

 

"Most people find it difficult to tell when a sapodilla is ready to pick. With types that shed much of the "sand" on maturity, it is relatively easy to observe the slight yellow or peach color of the ripe skin, but with other types it is necessary to rub the scurf to see if it loosens readily and then scratch the fruit to make sure the skin is not green beneath the scurf. If the skin is brown and the fruit separates from the stem easily without leaking of the latex, it is fully mature though still hard and must be kept at room temperature for a few days to soften. It is best to wash off the sandy scurf before putting the fruit aside to ripen. It should be eaten when firm-soft, not mushy."

 

... If in any doubt, the grower should cut open a few fruits to make sure the seeds are black (or very dark-brown)."

 


Source - http://www.hort.purdue.edu/new.....Harvesting

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