Harvesting the pods
43. The tree makes its first flowers after two years. But in
order not to tire the tree, you should cut off the first flowers.
From these you will therefore get no fruit.
There are two harvests each year: a small harvest at the
beginning of the rainy season, a big harvest at the end of the rainy season.
44. Do not pick all the pods at the same time.
Pick only pods that are ripe, whether yellow or red. Leave on
the tree any pods that are not ripe, that are still a little green.
Go through the plantation every fortnight to pick the ripe pods.
Never pick the pods by pulling them off: if you do, you will
spoil your tree.
You should cut the stem of the pod with a machete.
You should cut the stem of the