Broken and hollow core

A transverse break in fruit flesh that occurs early in development is marked by a slight depression on the outside of the fruit (Lim, 1985). The break leaves a gap of 2-10 mm in the flesh and the tissue becomes corked and brown, sometimes accompanied by rot. The upper portion of the fruit usually ripens before the lower half. This condition is not seen in 'Smooth Cayenne', but is common in 'Singapore Spanish'. Hollow core refers to a vertical crack in the core that becomes dry and leathery and it may extend to the peduncle (Plate 41). The fruit are usually opaque and the condition is thought to be due to desiccation.

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