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A fruit company staff displays the crystal sugar heart of an apple harvested in Aksu Prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Nov. 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Song Yanhua)
Local fruit companies have introduced a new assistant -- an X-ray often used to help with the diagnoses of bone diseases -- to better standardize the quality of their sweet apples.
"The equipment is capable of detecting the internal conditions of an apple, including sugar content, sugar heart and whether there are any internal lesions. These indicators will be displayed in real-time," said Wang Junbo with the Xinjiang Hongqipo agricultural development group.
"Apples that pass the external and internal examinations will be kept for weighing and grading, and those that fail will not be sold," said Wang.
"With the help of the X-ray, the quality of our Aksu apples can be more stable," said Wang. "Customers can even order the fruits by certain indicators. For example, they can request that all the apples must have the crystal heart, and the sweetness must be no lower than 16 degrees," said Wang.
"Using the X-ray can not only increase the recognition of our apples among consumers but also meet the diversified needs of our clients and further raise our sales," he said.
Wang's company even plans to introduce a magnetic resonance imaging scanner in June next year to check fruit quality.