Patent Number: 8,586,118

Title: Method of using a gravity wheel de-stemmer

Abstract: A produce de-stemmer for generally symmetrical produce such as pepper pods that supports an item of produce in a propped orientation within a canister, a number of which are connected to a moving endless chain so that the canisters are cyclically inverted. A fixed support track resides below the moving canisters to support the item of produce so that a portion of the item is exposed during the canister travel. The exposed portion of the produce item is propelled into a cutting means which removes a desired portion of the produce item.

Inventors: Gamillo; Eduardo Marcos (Las Cruces, NM), Herbon; Ryan Patrick (Silver City, NM), Cillessen; Dale Evan (Tolar, TX)

Assignee: Baca; Gene

International Classification: A23L 1/36 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/19/12018