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How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

Posted by lsoh (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 13, 12 at 20:01

How can I tell when a blueberry is ripe enough to pick? On my bush, some blueberries turned ripe over 13 days ago, some are still green. Just randomly sampling the blue ones, most are still not ripe. Clearly the green ones aren't ripe. But how can I tell which of the blue ones are ripe?

What would happen if I waited say a week after the last blueberry turned blue? I have the bush under a net so birds aren't an issue.

Thanks.


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

Hi Isoh,
What kind of Blueberries?Some flavor is better if left on longer and it could depend on variety.Where is your location? Brady


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

I think there's some rule of thumb for how many days/weeks after turning blue. Don't know what it is though.

Of course, the surest way is to regularly sample. You'll become an expert.


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

This variety is Duke. I live in Northern Ohio, zone 5.


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

EAT ONE


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

Foolproof rule of thumb. Blueberries would have been ripe the day AFTER the birds got them.


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

I have some young Duke's.From what I've read they are fairly mild flavored but are suppose to be the most popular planted variety in the area where I live,the Pacific Northwest. Brady


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

It usually takes a few days after they turn blue to fully expand and ripen. And you can't expect to harvest in one session as blueberries ripen in succession.

One way to tell if they are ripe is how easily they fall off. Most varieties will allow ripe blueberries to come off by a slight tickle of the berry. If you have to pull or twist them off, they aren't ready, even if they are blue.


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

  • Posted by bart1 6/7 Northern VA (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 15, 12 at 8:20

Don't know if this is true, but based on my (first) harvest this year, it seems to be. I read somewhere that the berries are ripe after they turn from light blue to dark blue.

In other words look for a darker shade of blue and pick those berries. The light blue ones will soon turn dark blue, and the "white" ones will soon turn light blue.


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

Some varieties though take on a deeper blue when fully ripe.Usually the taste will be better if left on the bush after the last color change.Experience will be your best helper. Brady


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

I always look under the berry at where the stem attach to see if there is any reddish shade. If no reddish color and easily fall of then I will pick them; if it still has little red shade , them I will let it stay for few days.

BTW, I think calliope's answer hits the target.


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

Hold the berry and tell it to turn its head and cough...Lol


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

When the bottom of the berry turns to the same color/shade of blue as the top of the berry. Makes them difficult to pick. :)


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

Some articles I have read say only pick once a week and 2 times at the most, if it is hot. My question is: If I pick on a Monday and not again until, say Sunday, each day of the week more berries will have changed color so that by Sunday I don't know which ones turned blue on Tuesday, or just turned blue on Saturday. I guess it is a percentage where I will at least get a small amount that are truly ripe and a lot will be the same as if I picked every other day. I guess I was happier when I didn't think about it!!


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

I wait till half the berries on a given bush are ripe before picking them then pick all that are solid blue. The next picking I wait till half what is left is solid blue and pick and third pick is the last pick. Doing that you will get about 60% that are dead ripe and the remaining berries will be not quite to not very ripe. I rather like eating the not so ripe ones and dead ripe together as it gives a nice balance.

If you pick every day or two you will get more berries and the birds less but there is no quality.


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

I consider mine ripe when they are sweetest. I leave them on as long as possible. They seem to continue swelling and get sweeter the longer they are left on. I'm willing to sacrifice firmness for sweetness.


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

I pick when they are fully blue (no purple) but some turn almost black, others keep a blue frosted look so also feel. If it "gives" a little it's ready, if hard it's not, and if it squishes you waited too long :-) But have to get them before the birds do.


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RE: How to tell when blueberries are ripe?

Keep in mind, each blueberry variety has it's own taste/sweetness and it can change somewhat each year, depending on the heat/moisture.


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