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How do I know when gooseberrie are ripe?

 
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JB



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 10 4:02 pm    Post subject: How do I know when gooseberrie are ripe?  Reply with quote    

... exactly as it says. I mean they seem to look the same at all stages so is their any obvious, or even not so obvious, 'pick now' indicator?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 10 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They become softer, and a bit translucent.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 10 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Taste one.
If you pull a face, they aren't ready!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 10 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

About a month after the Labrador starts eating them, two weeks after the chickens and about a day after the fox scoffs the lot!

As has been said, they start going soft and you can taste them. Depending on their use they can be picked when reasonably firm and sharp (for cooking IIRC) and softer for eating raw. You also get some varieties that start off green and gradually go red as they ripen.

nettie



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 10 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
Taste one.
If you pull a face, they aren't ready!


True!!!

Although the top ones will ripen quicker than the bottom ones. I tested mine to day, 3 ripe, about 120 not ready yet. When they squidge slightly, and you can see the seeds a bit, they're ready, just like whitecurrants.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 10 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
Taste one.
If you pull a face, they aren't ready!


Thats the best time to eat them according to my hubby He won't eat them once they start to go soft.

Our gooseberry has gone nuts this year, he's been eating a couple of dozen a day for the last 3 weeks or so and theres still a good 200+ left on the bush.

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