Picking depends upon the purpose for which they are used. Four maturity stages are generally identified.
- Green stage: The mature green fruits are generally picked to send them to the distant market.
- Pink Stage: At this stage, colour turns to pink or red at the blossom end. They are picked for local market.
- Ripe stage: At this stage surface of most of the fruits is red and the softening of fruits begins.
- Fully Ripe: At this stage, fruits have approached maximum colour development and are soft. Starch is charged into sugars. They are generally consumed or used for canning and processing.
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