Elderberries, how do I know they are ripe?

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Elderberries, how do I know they are ripe?

Post: #252744 Jessiebean
Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:23 am

Here in Australia we have blackberries and Elderberries ripening up nicely and I am all good with my brambles but is there a way I will know when the elderberries are ripe?I have only encountered them as cordial before!
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Re: Elderberries, how do I know they are ripe?

Post: #252746 Davie Crockett
Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:42 am

Jessiebean asks
is there a way I will know when the elderberries are ripe?


Look at the berry stalks (Immediately behind the berry), they change colour from green to red and start to become "limp". That is the point at which the berries are ripe for use.

Use a 1/2 inch mesh grid or a fork to remove the berries from the umbrel.
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Re: Elderberries, how do I know they are ripe?

Post: #252759 Millymollymandy
Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:39 pm

Look at the pics I posted in this thread

viewtopic.php?f=28&t=23842&p=242124&hilit=elderberries#p242124

The black ones are the ripe ones!
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Re: Elderberries, how do I know they are ripe?

Post: #252842 Jessiebean
Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:30 am

Thank you! I knew I could count on you Ishy types- now to wander down the road and see if they survived last nights wind!
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