Posted: 06/08/2014 at 20:50
Me thinks it's a matter of different growers taste.
I usually start picking veg small because I'm keen to start eating what I've grown. If I wait too long there's a glut. Wouldn't say there's a huge amount of difference in taste but then most stuff get's something else added when cooked. Even roasted veggies get drizzled with a little olive oil.
For me, different coloured veggie's add to the pleasure of growing my own and often can't be bought in the shops.
Different coloured beans are easier to see on the plant - yellow, purple and red/cream - they all turn green when cooked and they all taste good. .
White strawberries are best picked early as it's difficult to know when to pick them, leave them to late and they go seedy.
I also grew a mixed seed bag of radish this year in white, yellow, red and purple in between spud rows, they were picked early before the foilage of the spuds hid them. They tasted better than bigger radish, ever so peppery.
A mixed beetroot pack of seeds grew red, orange and white/red when sliced, didn't notice much difference in taste though.
White tubular swede is very nice and not at all difficult to peel if picked young, the biggest was about the size of a hand. The smaller swedes had not been nibbled by soil pests either so sometimes there are benefits from picking early.