Teruhisa Kuroki of Kuroki Hebesu Farm moved from Chiba to Hyuga City, Miyazaki Prefecture in April 2020 to produce Hebesu and Hyuganatsu.
Kuroki Hebesu Farm's Seedless Hyuganatsu has been selected as a gift for hometown tax payment in Hyuga City, Miyazaki Prefecture. In Hyuganatsu, there is a white endothelium under the yellow skin, and the balance between sweetness and acidity of the fruit is exquisite.
Hebesu is a citrus fruit that originated in Hyuga City, Miyazaki Prefecture, and has a slight sweetness and a refreshing acidity.
He got to know ATAGO since it was being used at the fruits processing plant in Miyazaki Prefecture. I hadn't used a measuring instrument before, but I learned about PAL™-BX|ACID1 during training in Miyazaki prefecture and bought it because I thought it was easy.
It is used to compare the balance of Brix/Acid ratio depending on different places of each field.
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Ms Sonoe Mori is a strawberry farmer who grows strawberries in Date City, Hokkaido.
She moved to date city for her husband's transfer. She was interested in agriculture so joined the city farming support system to learn the technique of growing strawberries.
After the training, she became independentin 2018.
She knew ATAGO Brix meter during the training for new farmers in Date City. This time, she saw the advertisement of PAL-HIKARi 4 and bought it immediately.
She was suffering from poor coloring of her strawberry this year(2020), So she was observing her strawberry to see if they are growing healthly.
She is evaluatng ATAGO PAL-HIKARi4 as very useful device during branding her "salad strawberries" .because it enables to check the sweetness without damaging strawberry.She is also complimenting another device, PAL-BX/ACID 4 for checking balance of sweetness and acidity.
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ATAGO always supports her strawberries that are beautiful, sweet and make people smile.
Inagaki Farm is an orchard located in the northern part of Wakayama prefecture along the Kinokawa river; favored with good weather and soil that is well-suited for growing peaches. They have been in business since the 1970’s, specializing in growing only peaches, selling and shipping directly to customers. Their peaches are known as safe, trusted, and sincere, Arakawa no Momo® (Arakawa’s peaches). These delicious peaches are picked in the morning and shipped the same day. PAL-HIKARi10 (Peach) is used to check the Brix (sweetness) of their peaches.
Before switching to PAL-HIKARi10 (Peach), peaches were measured using a Brix meter that required cutting and juicing extracts. The determining factor in choosing the PAL-HIKARi10 (Peach) was the fact that it can measure peaches in the orchard while they were still growing on trees.
The PAL-HIKARi10 (Peach) made it possible to check ripeness in the orchard field prior to harvest. A Brix (sweetness) measurement is digitally displayed simply by placing a sensor against the peach surface and pressing a start button. This makes it convenient that even seasonal workers can determine harvest time without any limitations to who’s measuring it.
Hakusuien is an orchard in the Oada Highlands, the gateway of Yoshino in Nara prefecture. They have been offering pears since 1894 and their Kachidoki pear was offered as a victory memorial for the emperor during the Russo-Japanese War. To measure Brix (sweetness) of their pears, they have been using a Brix meter, but since PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear) was released, they now use the non-destructive Brix meter.
They decided to purchase PAL-HIAKRi12 (Asian Pear) because it was portable and allowed them to determine harvest by taking measurements while pears were still growing on the trees. Its low price was also a determining factor.
Prior to purchasing the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear), they were using a Brix meter that required juicing the extracts. When juicing was required, it was almost impossible to measure all of the pears. Consequently, the harvest time was determined by looking at the size, color, aroma and the condition of the skin. With PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear), the harvest time is determined by the Brix and it made farm operations smoother.
The Iwashita Farm is a fruit farm located in Asakura city, Fukuoka prefecture that produces and sells grapes and persimmons. They have Pione, Shine Muscat, and Queen Nina grapes. The PAL-HIKARi2 is used in their farm to measure the Brix before harvesting.
Before they purchased the PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape), they were measuring Brix (sweetness) by crushing and juicing the grape berries. They purchased the PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape) because they felt the price was justified for an instrument that can measure fruit non-destructively.
Amongst different types of grapes, the maturity of Shine Muscat is typically hard to determine by looking at its color. For this reason, measuring Brix had always been an integral aspect in determining the harvest time. However, the use of a refractometer that required destroying fruit only allowed them to test samples randomly. By using the PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape), they are now able to guarantee the quality of their grapes by measuring the Brix (sweetness) on all of them.
Yamaguchi Farm is a farm in Hasuda city, Saitama prefecture that has been growing Asian pears and persimmons for three generations. The scenery of their pre-harvest Asian pear orchard is posted on their website and each post conveys their dedication and passion for making delicious pears. Above all, their commitment in delivering safe and delicious pears to their customers is indisputable.
Until now, they measured Brix by using the Pocket Refractometer from the PAL series. Now, they switched over to the PAL-HIKARi, a non-destructive Brix meter. This allowed them to sample all the fruit, eliminating time consuming juicing processes.
Last year, lack of sun caused Brix (sweetness) of their pears to remain fairly low. When they were using a Brix meter that required juicing, only random pears were sampled. Under this circumstance, the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear) was significantly useful allowing them to check all of their pears.This ensured superb quality to their customers.
The grape berry can be classified by skin color, and loosely categorized as red, black and blue (yellow green). Due to its pigmentation, blue (yellow green) colored berries have always been difficult to measure. Sawada Farm valuing aesthetics have never been fond of plucking berries from a perfectly grown cluster. Plucking individual berries from a perfectly balanced cluster lessens the aesthetics of the whole. The commodity value is lost as well. The PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape) measuring Brix without destructing the individual grape is groundbreaking.
Thank you ATAGO!
For more than 50 years, Amano Vineyard located in Kashiwara of Osaka has been dedicated to the growth of the most delicious grapes. Their Shine Muscat and Delaware grapes were awarded the Minister Award by Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. All grapes from Osaka are judged based on various categories including, Brix, berry size, balance, and color.
The Shine Muscat is known for its high price tag. The sweetness at the time of harvest is very important. With little to no change in color during the process maturation, it is one of the most difficult cultivars to determine the timing by its appearances. Amano Vineyard has always used a Brix meter for this reason, but it was time consuming and removing berries from a cluster diminished its aesthetics. They are extremely happy how easily they can estimate the harvest day with PAL-HIKARi2.
Chiba prefecture is one of Japan’s leading producers of nashi (Asian Pear). Iidaen is located in Kamagaya city, Chiba prefecture and produces Hosui, Akizuki, and Kaori pears.
They have been using ATAGO N-1E, a handheld refractometer to measure Brix (sweetness) of their pears. They have decided to purchase the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear) when this non-destructive Brix meter was as released.
Iidaen’s Hosui pears are only shipped when the Brix is 12% or more. With years of experience sweetness is somewhat predictable by looking at its color and shape. They are excited about the non-destructive Brix meter because it allows their employees to measure and know the Brix without cutting and destroying the pears.
Harada Farm is a pick-your-own tourist farm where they offer Takasago, Seikounishiki, Satounishiki, Benishuuhou, and Napoleon cherries. They decided to let their customers use the PAL-HIKARI16 (Cherry) to measure Brix and compare with how it tastes. They liked how quickly Brix can be measured with the PAL-HIKARi16 (Cherry).
The PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape) was recommended by a friend to the Mochizuki farm. They used PAL-HIKAR2 (Grape) to check new cultivars and determine the harvest. They are fond of how small and lightweight the PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape) is and how easily grapes can be measured on the vines. They are happy that the price range is more affordable than other manufacturers’.
Established in 1930, Kudamono no Yamacho is a specialty fruit store that sells locally grown fruit from Kochi prefecture. They are using PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear) to check Brix (sweetness) of their Asian pears.
Many customers buy fruit from Kudamono no Yaocho as a gift. They stock and sell fresh Asian pears and inspects all incoming fruit for consistent quality. To get the most accurate result, they measure multiple spots on a single pear and take the average.
Before they purchased the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear), they were using the PAL-BX/ACID12 (Asian Pear) and liked how it can measure both Brix and acidity with one instrument. For Brix though, they really like how easily all pears can be measured with PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear).
The store manager, Mr. Yamamoto shared with us that they ask themselves, “Is what we consider ‘great tasting’ any different from what our customers consider ‘delicious’?
Is there anything that we can do now that we couldn’t do in the past?”
Their commitment to deliver the highest of quality to their customer is their strongest value. They value the quality they offer to their customers and those buying their fruit. Their professionalism and commitment are prominent in what they sell. What an honor that this kind of careful consideration goes into the fruit that are purchased as gifts for special occasions. Kudamono no Yamacho’s products are available online and also can be ordered over the phone.
How about a gift for someone special?