FROM THE FIELDS: BROCCOLI QUALITY
June 10, 2020
California’s Salinas Valley experienced volatile weather in late May and early June including heat spikes and late season showers. Lettuce and tender leaf items incurred defects such as rib blight and internal burn while broccoli is seeing a delayed reaction. Respiration rates have increased, causing some oxidation on the cut ends in floret packs. Hollow core is also present in broccoli crown supplies as well as occasional brown or yellow beads.
Managing the cold chain throughout shipping will help maximize quality and overall shelf life, but we can expect to see intermittent oxidation issues for the next 7-10 days.
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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