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I was wondering if it is fine to write

From this project, I have learned [blah blah], and this is the most important harvest I have received from this project.

What is a better metaphor or better way to express the meaning?

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Harvest wouldn't normally be used in this construction. "This is the most important benefit I have received from this project", for example, would be common. I would use "primary" rather than "most important", but that's just personal preference. –  FumbleFingers Jun 7 '12 at 16:08
    
What about lesson? –  TimLymington Jun 7 '12 at 17:03
    
the product or result of an action: in terms of science, Apollo yielded a meager harvest. ... oxforddictionaries.com/definition/harvest Not a normal use of the word, but it does exist. –  AnWulf Jun 9 '12 at 0:36
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The most important benefit I have received from this project is having learnt that

would avoid needless repetition and still convey the intended meaning.

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This is the greatest reward I've reaped from this project.

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How about finding?

This is the most important [or significant] finding from this project.

NOAD lists, under finding:

a conclusion reached as a result of an inquiry, investigation, or trial: experimental findings.

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I would say this is the most important thing I have gleaned from this project.

Glean has one definition of "To gather (something) slowly and carefully in small pieces." It also has a relationship to harvesting, with its other definition: "To gather (grain) left behind by reapers."

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