7 questions on harvests

Harvest quiz

Right across the UK countryside it's harvest time, the culmination of the growing season for many crops. Farmers are busy at work gathering the fruits of their labour. So how much do you know about all things related to the harvest?

A field

1.) Multiple Choice Question

When peas are harvested, how long do farmers have to get them from the field to the freezer to maintain maximum freshness?

  1. 30 minutes
  2. 2.5 hours
  3. 6.5 hours
  4. 12 hours

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A harvest Moon is the full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox, when night and day are equal in length. What is the name for the full Moon that comes after it?

A full moon
  1. Hunter's Moon
  2. Deer-mating Moon
  3. Red-plum Moon
  4. Full-beaver Moon

3.) Multiple Choice Question

In a much-celebrated April Fool's spoof in 1957, the BBC filmed "spaghetti crops" being harvested. In which country did it claim the crop was grown?

The spoof spaghetti harvest
  1. Switzerland
  2. Italy
  3. Turkey

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Crop Over is the name for the Harvest Festival in which country?

  1. South Africa
  2. New Zealand
  3. Barbados

5.) Multiple Choice Question

What is special about the harvest mouse?

A harvest mouse
  1. World's smallest rodent
  2. Has a prehensile tail
  3. Can be found only in Yorkshire
  4. All of the above

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Many apple varieties are harvested in the UK at this time of year, but why did one apple in Devon make the news?

A crate of apples
  1. Was half red and half green
  2. Was the world's largest apple
  3. Looked like it had the face of Jesus in the centre


Apple grower Ken Morrish from Devon found an apple on his Golden Delicious tree that was almost exactly half green and half red. Experts said it was a very rare genetic mutation.

Ken Morrish and his apple

7.) Multiple Choice Question

In ancient Greek religion and myth who is the goddess of the harvest?

Carving of a goddess
  1. Dionysus
  2. Ceres
  3. Demeter


  1. It is 2.5 hours. This is so the maximum sugars and vitamins are retained. Pea varieties grown in the UK include Twinkle, Jaguar, Style, Premio, Gonzo, Novella, Geneva, Markado, Serge and Oasis.
  2. It's hunter's Moon. Deer-mating, red-plum and full beaver Moons are Native American full Moon names, according to the Farmers' Almanac. It says all occur in November.
  3. It's Switzerland. Narrated by Richard Dimbleby, Panorama's now infamous spaghetti-tree spoof showed a family from Ticino in Switzerland carrying out their annual spaghetti harvest. The spoof is considered a broadcasting milestone as it is believed to be the first time television was used to stage an April Fool's hoax.
  4. It's Barbados. Its origins can be traced back to the late 1700s, when Barbados was one of the world's largest producers of sugar. At the end of the sugar season, there was always a big celebration. It is still a huge event in the country.
  5. It has a prehensile tail, which means it is capable of gripping. The long, hairless "limb" aids climbing. It's Europe's smallest rodent - the world's smallest rodent is believed to be the pygmy jerboa. The harvest mouse is rarely found in Yorkshire, according to BBC Nature.
  6. It was half red and half green.
  7. It's Demeter, also known as the goddess of grain, agriculture and fertility. Ceres is her Roman equivalent. Dionysus is the Greek god of wine, sometimes known as the god of the grape harvest.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Wilted

4 - 6 : Could be fresher

7 - 7 : Cream of the crop

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