Brinjal-Harvest and storage

The fruits become ready for first picking in about 100-130 days of sowing.  Harvesting of the fruits should be done as soon as it attains good size and colour.

Fruits are harvested when they become greenish yellow or bronze and their flesh turns dry and tough.

Pressing the thumb against the side of the fruit can indicate the maturity of the fruit. If the pressed portion springs back to its original shape, the fruit is too immature.

Some portion of the calyx and the stem-end is retained on the fruit during harvesting. Since all the fruits do not mature at the same time, the fruits are harvested at an interval of 8-10 days.

Care should be taken to remove the fruits affected by Phomopsis blight disease after harvest.