International Produce Training

Asparagus

Grades

U.S. No. 1.

U.S. No. 2.

 

Tolerances

10% may fail to meet the trimming requirement. 10% total defects, including 5% for serious damage, including 1% decay.

 

Good Delivery Guidelines:
15% total, including 8% serious damage, including 3% decay

 

Common Defects:

Damage by:

(a) Broken tips, when over 1/8 inch in diameter.

(b) Insect injury when,  shallow insect eaten areas over 1/4 inch in diameter or 2 or more shallow areas aggregating 3/8 inch in diameter on the upper portion of the stalk.  Or when insect scars on the white portion of the stalk are over 3/4 inch in diameter.

(c) Spreading when, more than slightly spread.

 

Serious damage by:

(a) Broken tips, when over 1/4 inch in diameter.  Or when stalks are broken.

(b) Insect injury when,  shallow insect eaten areas over 3/8 inch in diameter or 2 or more shallow areas aggregating 1/2 inch in diameter on the upper portion of the stalk. 

(c) Spreading when, more than badly spread.

 

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