Submitted to: Caribbean Food Crops Society Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: May 25, 2006
Publication Date: July 12, 2006
Citation: Goenaga, R.J., Rivera, E., Marrero, Soto, A.R. 2006. Fruit quality traits and yield of nine carambola cultivars grown at three locations in Puerto Rico [abstract]. Caribbean Food Crops Society Proceedings. p. 387. Technical Abstract: Nine carambola (Averrhoa carambola) cultivars grown on an Oxisol, Ultisol, and Mollisol were evaluated for four years under intensive management at Isabela, Corozal and Juana Díaz, PR, respectively. There were no significant differences in number and weight of marketable fruits per hectare between Juana Díaz and Isabela; average values for both locations were 263,969 fruits/ha and 32,033 kg/ha. At Corozal these values were 248,343 fruits/ha and 28,867 kg/ha, respectively. There were no significant differences in weight of marketable fruit per hectare among cultivars B-17, Thai Knight, and Sri Kembangan between locations. The average marketable fruit weight for these higher yielding cultivars was 36,060 kg/ha. Arkin and B-16 were the lowest yielding cultivars averaging 23,490 kg/ha of marketable fruits. Cultivar Kari produced significantly longer fruits at all locations, whereas cultivar B-16 produced the shortest fruits. Significantly higher brix values were obtained from fruits of cultivar B-17 at all locations whereas lower values were obtained from those of Arkin.