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Using the Brix Scale

Measure your success

                           Poor    Average    Good   Excellent
Alfalfa481622
Apples6101418
Asparagus46810
Avocados46810
Bananas8101214
Beets681012
Bell Peppers46812
Bilberry681215
Blackberry46812
Blueberries791215
Broccoli681012
Cabbage681012
Cantaloupe8121416
Carrots461218
Casaba8101214
Cauliflower46810
Celery461012
Cherries681416
Coconut8101214
Corn Stalks481420
Corn (Young)6101824
Cow Peas461012
Cucumber46812
English Peas8101214
Endive46810
Escarole46810
Field Pies461012
Grains6101418
Grapes8121620
Grapefruit6101418
Green Beans46810
Honeydew8101214
Herbs (most)46812+
Hot Peppers46810
Kohlrabi681012
Kumquat46810
Lemons46812
Lettuce46810
Limes461012
Mangos461014
Nectarines6121620
Onions46810
Oranges6101620
Papayas6101822
Parsley46810
Passion Fruit691218
Peaches6101418
Peanuts46810
Pears6101214
Peas461012
Pineapple12142022
Plums8121620
Potatoes, Irish3578
Potatoes, Red3578
Potatoes, Sweet681014
Raisins60707580
Raspberries681214
Romaine46810
Sorghum6102230
Squash481214
Strawberries6101416
Sweet Corn6101824
Tomatoes46812
Turnips46810
Watermelon8121416

A Brix meter is a hand-held device, with a prism similar to a microscope slide. 
When just a few drops of juice are placed on the prism (lid closed) and held up to a light source, the refracted light measures the chemical composition of that juice.
The scale, shows the levels of sugar, minerals, proteins and vitamins in the plant’s juices.
The brix meter helps with the nutritional value of the fruit itself which gives you an indication of how well your garden grows. 
We have found it an invaluable tool in checking that we are providing the best environment for plants.
There is no arguing with the results. They are consistent and an excellent benchmark.
We purchased ours from David von Pein https://www.themeterman.com.au/index.php

The portability of the brix meter means that you are able to test the quality of fruit and vege that you may wish to purchase as wel,l but this action is a little ‘double edged‘ as the results can be very disappointing, especially if you take it to the supermarket.