Digital handheld hardness tester with interchangeable indenters for non-destructive testing of pulp firmness on fruit and vegetables.

The new and upgraded HPE III Fff Digital Fruit Firmness Meter from Bareiss, Germany is used for measuring fruit firmness.

It is a non-destructive test method to determine the ripeness of fruit, vegetables and other food products. 


The firmness of the flesh is a reliable indicator of the degree of ripeness of a fruit and allows conclusions to be drawn about its freshness, suitability for storage and transport. With the digital handheld hardness tester HPE III Fff, you can determine the firmness of fruit and vegetables non-destructively, without peeling or cutting.

With the digital handheld hardness tester HPE III Fff, you can assess the firmness of fruit and vegetables in a non-destructive manner, without peeling or cutting them. The fruits remain suitable for consumption even after the testing.
The hardness tester can be variably equipped with different indenters and therefore adapted to the state of the fruit and vegetable varieties.


A test anvil of nominal shape and size (user selectable) is pressed agasint the outer skin of the produce to provide a "firmness" reading between 0 and 100. The higher the value, the firmer (less ripe) the produce is.

This is a precision instrument made in Germany that will provide you a fully non-invasive test method, which means zero product wastage for sampling. 

* Please note video above depicts preceeding model HPE-II gauge for reference. 


The Bareiss HPE-III Fff is easy to use and is an indispensible tool for primary producers when checking a crop is ready for harvest.  

It is also extremely valuable throughout the various stages of selling such as at the market for quality control and price setting, through to end user QA at the shop front. It allows the user to quickly ascertain ripeness without damaging the fruit by depressing a test anvil against the skin which measures the resistance against a controlled spring pressure.

To improve the accuracy of results, the HPE-III Fff is able to exclude measuring faults where there has not been a constant contact pressure. 

A preset timer with visual and audio indication ensures that the test is completed correctly.

It is important to specify the type of fruit you are measuring as different fruits require different shape / size test anvils.  There are five different anvils available and one (of choice) is supplied with the meter.


  • Test Anvil 0.10cm² for peaches, apricots and plums
  • Test Anvil 0.25cm² for tomato and cherries
  • Test Anvil 0.50cm² for strawberries
  • Test Anvil Ball ø5mm for avocados
  • Test Anvil Ball ø2.5mm for carrots, cucumber and radish


Model # fm12309
Brand Bareiss
Shipping Weight 1.0000kg
Shipping Width 0.250m
Shipping Height 0.050m
Shipping Length 0.220m
Shipping Cubic 0.002750000m3

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