Tips for Harvesting Vegetables

Frank Ferragine "a.k.a Frankie Flowers" give us some tips for harvesting vegetables in summer and fall in this Cityline segment.

A summary of Frank's tips for harvesting your vegetables:
  1. Blueberries are full of antioxidants. Local blueberries are smaller, but have more taste.
  2. Ever-bearing Strawberries  are also smaller but full of taste.
  3. The best time to harvest zucchini  is when they are 10-12 inches long. They lose taste and texture as they get bigger.
  4. Harvest carrots when they are 1- 2 inches in diameter.
  5. Broccoli needs to be harvested before the florets bloom.
  6. When buying or harvesting iceberg lettuce, make sure the head if firm.
  7. Look for a white base with romaine lettuce and buy or harvest before the top bolts with growth.
  8. Leaf lettuce will be tastier  and more tender when they are harvested at a smaller size.
  9. Corn is ready to be harvested when the silks start to turn dark brown.
  10. Look for vine ripened tomatoes for best taste and do not store them in the refrigerator or they will lose flavour.
  11. Hot peppers should be left to ripen on the vine. Remember the hottest part of the pepper will be closest to the seeds.
  12. Cauliflower may look yellowed when you grow it at home. This is just from sun bleaching.

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