Harvesting Strawberries

Harvesting Strawberries

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Harvesting Strawberries

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Harvesting Strawberries

Harvesting Strawberries

Harvesting Strawberries
Harvesting Strawberries
Harvesting Strawberries

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Harvesting Strawberries

By Robert Laurence

Strawberries are generally mature about thirty days after blossoming in mild weather, faster when the weather is warm. (Incidentally, the first flower to open on a plant is always the largest flower and always becomes the largest fruit with the most seeds.) Pick strawberries when they are perfectly red and ripe in the home garden, unless you plan to sell them to local markets or Harvesting Strawberriesfrom a roadside stand - once they are whitish they will change color and become redder after picking, but will never gain in flavor when off the plant. Fruit to be used for freezing, however, should be firm and not dead ripe, while fruit picked for jelly making (when concentrated pectin won't be used) should be slightly under ripe. Harvest the berries daily or at least every other day, the best time for strawberry picking being in the early morning while the berries are cool. Do not pick on rainy days, as berries picked in the rain may not keep well. Never pull or pick the berries from their stems, either, for you might pull off an unripe cluster in the process. Just pinch the stem between the thumb and forefinger so that the berry is removed with the calyx and a short piece of the stem intact. Place the berries in shallow containers where they won't be bruised piled one on top of another and don't keep them in direct sunlight for more than 10 to 15 minutes.


 
 
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