Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Correct stage to harvest melons

Ajay Nair
Department of Horticulture
Iowa State University

Hurray......summer time is melon time ! (not too much left). These sweet and juicy fruits are common at farmer's markets, farm stands, and local grocery chains. As a grower picking melons at the right time is paramount to ensure the best quality. It is sometime not easy to judge the correct harvest stage based on harvest acronyms - full slip, half-slip, etc.  For maximum flavor, muskmelons should be picked when at "full-slip" or when the stem easily separates from the fruit. Though shelf life is shorter, full slip may be preferable in direct market situations. If the melons are going to be shipped, it is better to pick at "half-slip" stage (you have to pull a bit to separate the melon). To make things easy, please watch the video below. We hope it will help you become a better melon picker !


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