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Greengages - over-ripe?

fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 390
edited September 2021 in Fruit & veg

Does anyone here know about greengages? And could anyone tell me whether the ones on our tree are ready to pick or over-ripe?
I hadn’t a clue so left them as they seemed very firm but now sadly I think they all look over-ripe and ruined ☹️ it was a big crop too. A lot of them weirdly now have a strange skin growing on them. I had and have no idea when best to pick, and think I’ve left too late. 
If anyone can help, I’ll put some photos on here 🙂

Many thanks 😊


  • Yes please … photos would help us …

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • These are two I picked a week ago, was going to ask lady down road but not seen her. The one on right is obviously definitely no good now but shows the brown skin I mean. Will go take a few photos of those on tree now. Thanks!

  • EustaceEustace Posts: 2,108
    I think they're ready to pick.  :)
    Oxford. The City of Dreaming Spires.
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils (roses). Taking a bit of liberty with Wordsworth :)

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,261
    edited September 2021
    That golden one in your hand looks mouth-wateringly ripe...   :)

    The slightly rough-looking ones might have scab.  I've never seen it on members of the plum family but apparently the fruit are still edible when the skin is removed.  There are also a few in your photos which have brown rot; purplish-looking fruit with white spots.  These need removing and putting in the bin.

    You'd know if the fruit was over-ripe because it would start falling off the tree.  Not all the fruit will be equally ripe at the same time, which is a good thing really.  If you want to make jam, including some greener (less ripe) fruit will give you a better set.

    Edited to say:  ripe fruit has a bit of "give" when gently squeezed.  
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
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