Definition of bitter pit in English:

bitter pit


mass noun
  • A disease of apples caused by calcium deficiency, characterized by sunken brown spots.

    • ‘The earlier onset of xylem dysfunction in the cultivar more susceptible to bitter pit suggests that the relative growth dynamics of the fruit may control the occurrence of calcium-related disorders.’
    • ‘Apples, for example, may be prone to a range of conditions that result from calcium deficiency, e.g. bitter pit.’
    • ‘A plentiful supply of calcium in soil is important to prevent bitter pit, a physiological disorder of apples.’
    • ‘This condition is called bitter pit, and the damage is caused by a shortage of calcium in the fruit.’