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