Consider the following crops:

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Green peppers
  3. Wheat
  4. Rice

  Which of the above are self-pollinating crops?

Answer: [D] 1, 2, 3 & 4

Self-pollinating meaning they do not need the assistance of bees or other insects or the wind for pollination and the production of fruit. Self-pollinating vegetables include tomatoes, green peppers and chilli peppers, eggplants, green beans, lima beans, sweet peas, and peanuts. Wheat and Rice, both are self pollinating crops. This implies that these plants use their own pollens to bear a fruit (called ear).  Thus, the harvested grains from one season can be saved and used in subsequent seasons without much deterioration in yield for at least two or three seasons. 

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