The sun-ripened, hand-picked fruits are delivered to the individual plants in large crates. Before acceptance, the fruits are subjected to a strict quality control process – still the most important factor for quality – including a determination of such physico-chemical parameters such as the Brix (sugar content), pH value, and acidity. All of the documentation (field book) is likewise checked.
Only after successfully passing this check are the trucks unloaded and – depending upon their degree of ripeness – either immediately processed or allowed to continue ripening for a few hours to days.
All of the fruits are scrubbed several times prior to processing and then manually sorted. Finally, they are rinsed with drinking-water quality water.