Harvesting Happiness: How to Know When Your Fruit is Ready to Pick

There’s nothing quite like biting into a piece of fruit that you’ve grown yourself. But knowing when to pick your fruit can be a bit of a mystery. Here’s a handy guide to help you determine when your homegrown fruit is ready to enjoy.

Harvesting Happiness: How to Know When Your Fruit is Ready to Pick

The Art of Picking Pears

Pears are a bit unique when it comes to harvesting. Unlike other fruits, pears should be picked when they are mature but not fully ripe. To determine if a pear is ready to be picked, cup it gently in your hand and turn it sideways. If the stem snaps, it’s ready to be harvested. If the stem merely flexes and holds, give the pear a little more time on the tree.

Apples: A Twist and a Tug

Apples are ready to pick when they come off the branch with a twist and a gentle tug. Another sign is the apple’s color. Most apple varieties will have a uniform color when they’re ready to pick. A third sign is the taste. If the apple is sweet and juicy, it’s likely ready to be harvested.

Citrus Fruits: A Matter of Color

Citrus fruits, like oranges and lemons, are ready to pick when they’ve reached their full color. For oranges, this is a vibrant orange; for lemons, a bright yellow. Citrus fruits will not continue to ripen once picked, so it’s essential to wait until they’ve fully colored before harvesting.

Berries: Softness and Color

Berries are ready to pick when they are fully colored and slightly soft to the touch. For strawberries, look for a uniform red color. For blueberries, they should be deep blue with a slight sheen. And raspberries should be deeply colored and come off the vine easily.

Knowing when to pick your fruit can make the difference between a good harvest and a great one. By paying attention to the signs—color, ease of picking, and taste—you can ensure that you’re enjoying your fruit at its absolute best. Happy harvesting!

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