Show Guide for Novices:
Fruit Classes


These interpretations are based on guidance within;
The RHS Horticultural Show Handbook and
The NFWI On With The Show publication.
Both can be referenced at the Show Recorder's table.
Be aware the HIHS Rules for Exhibitors take precedence.

Links to articles posted below:
Fruit General Apples Berries
Currants Pears Plums, Pluots, Gages


Display of Fruit



Fruit Classes General Guidance

fruit
First impressions can count, appearance matters:
Attractively stage your entries to best endeavour.
Handle with care to protect the natural bloom.
Identify the cultivar, species or genus and label.

Judges of fruit classes generally consider.

Condition:
Skins fresh, clean, and blemish free.

Ripeness:
Except apples and pears.

Uniformity:
Shape, size, form, colour and development.

Eyes and stalks:
Present and intact.

Labelling:
Accurate and neat identification of variety.

Apples

apples
Judges of these entries are looking for:
Optimum size and shape for cultivar,
Undamaged eyes, stalks intact, no physiological disorder,
Skin of natural colour, unblemished, typical to cultivar.

The three criteria judged for cooking apples are:
Condition - Uniformity - Size.

The four criteria judged for dessert apples are:
Condition - Uniformity - Size - Colour.

Fruit need not be fully ripe but must not be overipe.
Cooking apples must be solid.
Display your apples stalk downwards.
Don't polish.

Berries

berries
Judges of Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries,
Gooseberries, Japanese wineberries, Loganberries,
Raspberries, Strawberries, Sylvanberries,
and Tayberries are looking for:

Large ripe fruits of good colour and condition,
Bright and fresh, with no blemishes or insect damage.
Calyces to be fresh and stalks attached.

The four criteria judged for each entry are:
Condition - Uniformity - Size - Colour.

Currants

currants
Judges of these entries are looking for:
Strigs with full complement of berries,
Berries large, ripe, uniform, rich in colour.
Stalks fresh unshrivelled.

The four criteria judged for each entry are:
Condition - Uniformity - Size - Colour.

Pears

pears
Judges of these entries are looking for:
Large shapely fruits with undamaged eyes and stalks intact,
skin of good colour, unblemished, characteristic to cultivar.

The four criteria judged for each entry are:
Condition - Uniformity - Size - Colour.

Plums, Pluots and Gages

plums
Judges of these entries are looking for:
Large ripe fruits of good colour,
Bloom intact and having stalks.

The four criteria judged for each entry are:
Condition - Uniformity - Size - Colour.

Display of Fruit

display
Judges of fruit displays are looking for
an attractive pleasing arrangement.

Importance is given to the quality and condition of the fruit.

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