Crown removal

As with crown gouging, crowns may be removed to promote fruit expansion. In mul-ticrowned fruit, removal of all but one crown with a sharp knife or scalpel will improve fresh-fruit marketability. When a crown or crowns are to be removed, the practice should occur earlier than for crown gouging and crowns should be sufficiently well developed to allow for easy removal without damage to the fruit. Crown removal is labour-intensive and may not be practical in all areas, but, when it is performed by practised workers, the scar tissue is barely visible when the remaining crown is fully developed. If the crown has grown large enough to shade the shoulders of the fruit, it may be better to retain the crown to prevent fruit sunburn. This problem is serious in areas of intense sunlight.

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