Tuesday July 9, 2019 08:27 AM Nature offers signals when different fruits are ready to pick Written by By DEAN FOSDICK, Associated Press It takes just a twist of the wrist to determine when pears are ready to come off the tree. For plums and peaches, flesh firmness is a good way to verify maturity. Blackberries? Check the color. Nature offers a wide range of clues about when the time is ripe for harvesting fruit and minimizing losses. “Tasting may be all that is needed and is the simplest method for determining ripeness,” said Leonard Perry, horticulture professor emeritus at the University of Vermont. “Birds eating your fruit, too, is a good sign they are ripe for the picking. Look under an apple tree. If a few have fallen to the ground already, most are likely ripe.” Peaches can be picked when they separate easily from the branches. For best flavors, let peaches and apricots mature fully on the tree. Raspberries and blackberries are prime when the fruit is no longer green and the berries separate easily from the plant. Mature apples should be firm but yielding. “When you take a bite of an apple, it should be sweet and… Read full this story
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