Ripeness at a glance

The latest developments in Galia by Takii Seeds, Besodoble F1 and Bulería F1, make harvesting easier as they change to a deep colour when they reach their optimum Brix level

During the last edition of Infoagro Exhibition held in Aguadulce (Almería), the seed company Takii Seed presented two varieties of Galia melon developed for greenhouse cultivation in the Almeria region: Besodoble F1 (TRF182) and Bulería F1 (TRF535B). The former is for early or medium sowing, and can be planted from the last week in January to the second week in February. The second one, Bulería F1 (TRF535B), is for late sowing with plantations from the second week of February onwards.

The sales assistant from Takii Seed, Ana Portero, explained to Fruit Today that these materials show an interesting added value, since when the fruit reaches its optimum level of ripeness (around 12 degrees Brix), the skin turns deep yellow. In this way, harvesting is easier and more flexible. Likewise, this quality allows the rest of the chain, from the marketing companies to the consumers to know that the produce has been harvested at its perfect point of ripeness.

Agronomically speaking, Besodoble F1 stands out due to its good setting and uniformity of the fruit, as well as to its tolerance to ‘denippling’, which allows the fruit to be left in the fields for a few days if the harvest needs to be delayed. Another of its characteristics is its good flavour, in spite of it having a long shelf life.

Regarding Bulería F1, Portero underlines the fact that the harvest date has managed to be brought forward 3 or 4 days compared to the standard date for other varieties in late sowing in Almeria.

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