How to measure and analyse the texture of food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and adhesives.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Fruit and Vegetable Texture Measurement and Analysis


Girl biting into an apple The market for fruit and vegetables, especially in many industrial countries, is constantly changing and evolving.

Every year new crops are being offered for sale in markets and this stimulates innovation in handling methods and studies of quality factors. 

Texture is one of the most important quality attributes affecting the acceptability of both fresh and processed foods. Fruit and vegetable quality is a concept based on several criteria which depend on the objective. 

Firmness is an important factor to take into account since most, if not all, fruit and vegetables exhibit a substantial change in firmness during the process of ripening. 


Because the ripening process itself varies from fruit to fruit, a large variation in firmness may be found among individual pieces in the same containers or harvested at the same time. This difference in appearance may considerably influence the consumer acceptance of the product as it is related to the ‘eating maturity’ and the product texture.

Watch the video below
to see a summary of the types of testing possibilities that are available for the measurement of fruit and vegetable texture to provide quality control tools and ultimately, consumer satisfaction:

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For more information on how to measure texture, please visit the Texture Analysis Properties section on our website.

TA.XTplus texture analyser with bloom jar The
TA.XTplus texture analyser is part of a family of texture analysis instruments and equipment from Stable Micro Systems. An extensive portfolio of specialist attachments is available to measure and analyse the textural properties of a huge range of food products. Our technical experts can also custom design instrument fixtures according to individual specifications.

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