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!

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.
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