Changes in carbohydrate content of fruits during growth and maturation depend to a certain extent upon the type of fruit. There are, for example, those fruits which, during ripening, accumulate a so-called “starch reserve.” Examples of this type are the apple (Pyrus malus L.), pear (Pyrus communis L.), and banana (Musa sapientum L.). Another type, represented by the plum (Prunus domestica L.), citrus fruits, and others, shows an increase in total carbohydrate content during growth and ripening, but does not accumulate a reserve of starch.


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