About Healthy Nutrition
Preparing Balanced Meals
Harvesting (home-garden produce)
Wash your hands before harvesting and wash produce in clean water.
Harvest each type of fruit and vegetable at the correct stage of maturity. Choose the coolest time of day to harvest fruit and fruit vegetables like tomatoes and peppers. Choose mid-morning for leafy vegetables, when the leaves contain less water.
Handle the crop as little as possible. Be gentle to avoid bruises, cuts and spots, which can get infected.
Place the harvested produce in the shade and sort the crop according to size, quality and maturity. Pack the sorted produce carefully into baskets, boxes or crates lined with soft material such as soft, dry grass, newspaper, banana leaves or dry sand. Avoid squashing the produce when packing it.
Make sure you do not eat or sell vegetables that have been recently dosed with pesticides. Pesticides can damage our immune system, making us more vulnerable to illness and disease. Protect the children from potential exposure as they are particularly at risk.
For more info, check these charts: Harvesting and storing tips for different crops Chart 1 | Chart 2
6 March, 2016