Picking of Tomato

Picking of Tomato: Picking depends upon the purpose for which they are used. Four maturity stages are generally identified.

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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Picking in snake gourd

Picking in snake gourd:- Fruits should be harvesting at tender stage but after attaining full size. White spine colour will be an indication of edible maturity.

  • Fruits should be harvesting at tender stage but after attaining full size
  • White spine colour will be an indication of edible maturity.
  • For commercial purpose, snake gourd is harvested at immature condition 10-12 days after pollination depending upon the cultivars.  
  • Fruits need to be harvested every second or third day since over mature fruits reduce further fruit set and development of new fruits.

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Picking process in Okra

Picking process in Okra:-Harvesting the fruits when they attained maximum size but still tender. Fruits of 6-8 cm long are preferred for export purpose. Harvesting is done in alternate days with a knife or by bending pedicel with a jerk.

  • Harvesting the fruits when they attained maximum size but still tender.
  • Fruits of 6-8 cm long are preferred for export purpose.
  • Harvesting is done in alternate days with a knife or by bending pedicel with a jerk.
  • For harvesting, cotton cloth hand gloves should be used to protect fingers from stinging effect.
  • It is Advisable to harvest in morning hours since fruit hairs are soft.
  • Sprinkling water on pods during night will keep them cool and fresh for market.

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