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Table 1

Growth of palm fruits (Oo et al., 1985).

Stage Parts of individual palm fruit Estimated week after anthesis (WAA)
Endosperm Endocarp Mesocarp Exocarp  
First stage – Starts of oil deposition
– Firm
– Fully formed
– Easily sliced
– Cream-colour
– Greenish-yellow colour 12–13
Second stage – Complete deposition oil – Hard
– Deep brown colour
– Starts of oil deposition
– Greenish-yellow colour
– Non-oily
– Deep red at outer tip
– Orange towards the stalk
Third stage – Bright yellow colour
– Filled with oil
– Bright waxy reddish orange 20–21

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