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Are these Blackcurrants ready to eat please? How do I know?

Hi all, this is the first year we have actually had some berries on our Blackcurrant bush, we just have no idea when they are ready to pick.  The berries on the pics have been a nice deep purple for a couple of weeks but I just don’t know how I tell if they are ready to pick to freeze them and to make jam or wine with.  

Please help!  Thanks in advance.

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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,451
    Taste one😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,508
    Even when fully ripe they're very, very acidic.
    I check that they are completely black (as yours are)
    and when picking them, the ripe ones come off easily and don't leave a green tail on the fruit (which yours don't have)
    So I'd say yes they are.
    I've already had 2 blackcurrant plate pies from mine, all to myself - absolutely delicious
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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,857
    They look ready to me.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Rhondda ValleyPosts: 2,338
    I should think so,Ive just made a Redcurrant Pie with some I was given,and they ripen at the same time......mmmm delicious!
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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,857
    It depends on the variety when they ripen. Mine are usually ripe by mid July. At the moment they are green.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 1,443
    Taste one, if it is soft and not horribly sour then it's ripe. mine actually get sweet if left long enough, but I prefer them a bit under ripe as that means the jam is not so sweet when done. (mine are all very green)
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