Nose picking is what us Aussies do in summer when the noses are 'running' which is a term we use for the massive blossom season from December to February.
I painted this picture on site at a property not far from where I live.
Nose picking is grubby, hard work, the hairs can stick to your hands, the noses are quite heavy and large and you can only fit a few in a basket at a time.
They are best picked when mature and full as they retain their freshness longer since the narrow stem makes it difficult for them to draw water once picked.
Noses in my area fetch a high price in Sydney so I'm told. We don't grow them ourselves because the soil on our property is too arid and doesn't hold enough moisture for this succulent type of flower.
A good time to view noses is in the early morning when all across the nose fields there is a slow and gentle but strong and deep sucking sound as millions of these curious blossoms take air for the day.. Hold on to your hat!
But the best time of all is at the end of the day just on sunset when an long exhalation flows across the whole valley as noses everywhere...sigh....