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.
■Kuroki Hebesu Farm Instagram
Brooklyn Kura is a sake brewery born in New York, started in 2018 by two Americans, Brian from finance and Brandon from chemistry, who were fascinated by SAKE.
In order to quantify the mouthfeel of sake, we use Brix &Acidity meter for sake (PAL-BX|ACID121).
PAL-BX|ACID 121 helps our quality management a lot for its speedy and accurate measurements.
This model was a life saver for us this harvest, we typically run thousands of grape samples for brix and acid and it is very time consuming. By having the ease and accuracy of only having to use one piece of equipment saved us countless lab hours and lots of money. This unit paid for itself with the 1st two weeks of harvest.
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?
By using the PAL-HIKARi5 nondestructive brix tester for our apple sampling program we have decreased the time it takes for brix sampling by 75%.
The nondestructive tester helped with improving the efficiency of our sampling program. Now we can simply place the PAL-HIKARi5 on the uncut apple and in 5 seconds we have the brix for the apple. No more sticky, juicy messes and destroyed apples. By using this tester we have doubled the amount of apples we are testing while lowering the amount of time we spend on testing.
All of the employees at Miyazaki Prefecture continue research to further advance the prefecture’s specialty products with work ability and profitability improvement for their farmers in mind.
The growth of the plant and leaves and condition of the flower and its fruit bearing rates, as well as its taste, are checked on a daily basis to promote Miyazaki specialty products. Additionally, if there is a request from a farmer, a staff will go out to the farm to teach and instruct farming and check their fruits.
The balance of sweetness and tartness is one of the factors that determine the taste of fruits. Depending on the soil properties, drainage, light exposure and how it is cultivated, a flavor balance may differ even among the same crops from the same field.
Taking into account that the taste test is reliant on one’s condition and individual differences, it is important to numerically check the Brix and acidity ratio frequently using a Pocket Refractometer PAL™-BX｜ACID1 (Citrus).
Pocket Refractometer PAL™-BX｜ACID1 (Citrus) is portable and allows one to easily measure Brix and acidity anytime, anywhere. Whether for a training purpose or for a new plant breeding research, agricultural producers can carry PAL-BX|ACID1 (Citrus) out to the field and measure on-site. To be able to show measurements in person is not only convenient and efficient but also promotes and facilitates understanding.
Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Station researches and develops new crop varieties, cultivation methods, publishes research articles, and conducts promotion for Miyazaki branded products, including Miyazaki’s ‘Kanjuku’(well ripened) Mango, ‘Hyuganatu’ (large citrus fruit), ‘Kanjuku’(well ripened) Kumquat, Jacaranda flowers, and so on. The facility is open to the public for free in addition to research associates, many visitors visit for sightseeing purposes.
The mountain where Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Station is both a place for field research and a tourist spot. There are hiking courses and scenic view spots where one can view the ocean and simply enjoy nature. There is also an observation deck, an open square surrounded by many green trees that were planted to study its adaptation to the subtropical environment.
Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Station will continue to work to promote the growth of the agricultural industry and cultivate the skills of farmers to further facilitate development of Miyazaki prefecture as a whole. From the end of May to mid-June, a festival is held to celebrate the tropical Jacaranda flower. At the facility, in the tropical dome area, tropical flowers and plants can be viewed all year around. Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Station is located in close proximity to famous tourist sites such as Udo Shrine and Toi Cape and so on. One can also view the mackerel and tuna being brought into the nearby harbor for sale.
Why not visit Miyazaki Prefecture and enjoy the tropical experience with your family and friends?
Thank for your continuing patronage. ATAGO wishes you the best.
Sumifru Corporation is a company which imports and sells fresh fruits and vegetables; primarily bananas, but also including pineapples, melons, avocados, papayas, and citrus.
Sumifru provides high-quality fruits and vegetables. Sumifru manages every stage of their process, beginning from the orchard to the harvesting, processing, distributing and selling of their produce, to ensure a consistent quality in all their fruits and vegetables.
Sumifru cultivates their pineapples in an orchard on Mindanao Island in the Philippines—an ideal spot for pineapples.
This particular pineapple orchard was selected to try out our product.Using their own unique standards for harvesting pineapples, they are able to provide super sweet pineapples with high sugar levels.
Sumifru used our PAL™-BX|ACID9(Pineapple) for measuring their "Kanjyuku Ou" pineapples (pineapples that are noted for their intense sweetness and high sugar levels). We asked Sumifru for their impression of the PAL™-BX|ACID9(Pineapple).
・Only a small amount of sample is needed for measurements
・Short measurement time
・Transportable & easy to carry — do not have to designate one specific location for measuring
・For measuring acid level, the only necessary material to prepare is distilled water. We think this makes the product tremendously convenient and easy to use.
We appreciate your continued support of ATAGO refractometers.