Volume No. 5 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 615-622 January-March 2011

 

EFFECT OF AGE OF HARVEST ON FRUIT QUALITY OF OKRA (ABELMOSCHUS ESCULENTUS L.)

 

Ngangbam Piloo*1 and Jahangir Kabir2

1. College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat, East Siang, Arunachal Pradesh (INDIA)
2. Faculty of Horticulture, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia, West Bengal (INDIA)

 

Received on : October 15, 2010

 

ABSTRACT

 

The effect of harvest at ages varying from 3 to 8 days after fruit set on quality of Okra cultivars viz; Selection 5, Shagun, Sinnova, Arka Anamika was investigated. The maximum fruit length, diameter, fresh weight, crude fibre accumulated from 5 to 7 days of harvest after fruit set in all the cultivars. Sinnova produced maximum mean fresh weight (15.30g) of fruits compared to minimum mean fresh weight in Arka Anamika (11.26 g).However mean crude fibre (%) content of Sinnova was least (3.64%) and Arka Anamika maximum (4.88%). Ascorbic acid content of cultivar Selection-5 and Shagun on 4th day of harvest was maximum and significantly higher than later period of harvest while Sinnova and Arka Anamika recorded highest ascorbic acid on 6th day of harvest. Gradation of fruits according to cooking quality indicated that fruits of 4 to 6 days were excellent.

 

Keywords : Okra, Quality, Abelmoschus esculentus, Ascorbic acid, Cultivation

 

 

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