I just got a refractometer, and my goodness is this thing fun. My first peaches and nectarines aren't quite ripe, so my first two tests came out at 16.0 and 16.7. Having a blast, what a great investment. Gardenaholic?
For $40 it's a great aid in learning how to grow high quality fruit. This is especially true for people wanting really sweet fruit, esp stone fruit. It will tell you if you're watering too much or too little.
Even vegetable growers are catching on and trying for nutrient dense veggies.
I cannot wait to use mine! I will finally be able to pick fruit at the right time! Love it! Mrs. G
Fruitnut, you were my inspiration. I had a refractometer for measuring salinity in my reef tank, and decided I needed one for my fruit!
It'd be useful in telling when to pick pears, I suppose.
I bought the el cheapo one off of ebay last year. It works great. Even my wife was happy I bought it....that's rare!
Sweet tea can have a reading as high as 22 brix, which is twice as much as coca-cola. With brix that high it must be very nutrient dense and extremely healthy to consume.
Just picked my Arctic Jay nectarines; 21.4% brix on the first one! Almost too sweet for my liking... I like my stone fruit tart. Still loving my refractometer!
"Just picked my Arctic Jay nectarines; 21.4% brix on the first one! Almost too sweet for my liking... I like my stone fruit tart. Still loving my refractometer!"
Jay is supposed to have an acid kick, so it should be good! I have Arctic Glo, which has even more kick. If you like the tart, you would probably like Glo too! I'm thinking it will be great for cooking.