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Use the Brix Scale below to measure Vegetable and Fruit Quality!

A brix scale helps you to identify quality food. It measures solids in the sap, which includes sugars and valuable minerals and trace minerals. Once you learn how to test brix, your fruits and vegetables with a Refractometer, you have the tool you need to see if produce is of inferior, average, good, or excellent quality.


Brix testing is important for a number of reasons. A higher brix means better flavor and better nutrient value. If you grow your own produce, brixing your vegetables and fruits will let you compare your garden produce to what you can buy in the store.

The brix of what you grow is directly related to the health of the soil, so checking the brix of your plants against the brix scale below will give you an idea of how healthy your soil is. Healthier soil means better, more nutritious crops, which means a healthier you. 

THE BRIX SCALE

                            Poor     Average     Good    Excellent
Alfalfa 4 8 16 22
Apples 6 10 14 18
Asparagus 4 6 8 10
Avocados 4 6 8 10
Bananas 8 10 12 14
Beets 6 8 10 12
Bell Peppers 4 6 8 12
Bilberry 6 8 12 15
Blackberry 4 6 8 12
Blueberries 7 9 12 15
Broccoli 6 8 10 12
Cabbage 6 8 10 12
Cantaloupe 8 12 14 16
Carrots 4 6 12 18
Casaba 8 10 12 14
Cauliflower 4 6 8 10
Celery 4 6 10 12
Cherries 6 8 14 16
Coconut 8 10 12 14
Corn Stalks 4 8 14 20
Corn (Young) 6 10 18 24
Cow Peas 4 6 10 12
Cucumber 4 6 8 12
English Peas 8 10 12 14
Endive 4 6 8 10
Escarole 4 6 8 10
Field Pies 4 6 10 12
Grains 6 10 14 18
Grapes 8 12 16 20
Grapefruit 6 10 14 18
Green Beans 4 6 8 10
Honeydew 8 10 12 14
Herbs (most) 4 6 8 12+
Hot Peppers 4 6 8 10
Kohlrabi 6 8 10 12
Kumquat 4 6 8 10
Lemons 4 6 8 12
Lettuce 4 6 8 10
Limes 4 6 10 12
Mangos 4 6 10 14
Nectarines 6 12 16 20
Onions 4 6 8 10
Oranges 6 10 16 20
Papayas 6 10 18 22
Parsley 4 6 8 10
Passion Fruit 6 9 12 18
Peaches 6 10 14 18
Peanuts 4 6 8 10
Pears 6 10 12 14
Peas 4 6 10 12
Pineapple 12 14 20 22
Plums 8 12 16 20
Potatoes, Irish 3 5 7 8
Potatoes, Red 3 5 7 8
Potatoes, Sweet 6 8 10 14
Raisins 60 70 75 80
Raspberries 6 8 12 14
Romaine 4 6 8 10
Rutabagas 4 6 10 12
Sorghum 6 10 22 30
Squash 4 8 12 14
Strawberries 6 10 14 16
Sweet Corn 6 10 18 24
Tomatoes 4 6 8 12
Turnips 4 6 8 10
Watermelon 8 12 14 16