The most commonly used maturity indices are ethylene production or IEC, the starch test, flesh firmness, SSC, TA, background color, calendar date, days from full bloom and temperature records, and heat accumulation (Watkins, 2002). Other indices include fruit size, sliding scales of firmness and SSC, ratios of firmness/soluble solids multiplied by starch (the Streif index), the "T-stage," flesh

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