When to Harvest Garden-Fresh Produce

Knowing when to harvest will guarantee the most flavorful produce from your garden. Eliminate much of the guesswork with this guide — and never lament a crop picked under- or over-ripe again!



Garden Harvesting
Handle every piece like the delicate jewel it is to avoid bruises or nicks that would invite decay and jeopardize your enjoyment of the essence of perfection.
Photo courtesy Fotolia/Africa Studio
Many fruits and vegetables deliver distinct clues as to their best harvest time for optimal flavor, nutrition and texture — but you have to know how to sleuth out the signs.
Photo by Fotolia/Mykola Velychko

















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