[NAFEX] cornus mas ripe?

John S swim_at_svc at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 12 00:56:55 EDT 2009

Allow them to soften before eating.  I generally wait for fruit drop, as individual fruits have a tendency to mature at slightly different times on the same tree.  Once accustomed to judging ripeness with them, you may be able to pick some from the tree.  Some varieties hold onto their fruit better than others.  Yellow C. mas drop their fruit when ripe.

Lon is a very fortunate man.  Someone in Oregon should contact him to "help" with his harvest. :)


--- On Fri, 9/11/09, Ginda Fisher <list at ginda.us> wrote:

From: Ginda Fisher <list at ginda.us>
Subject: [NAFEX] cornus mas ripe?
To: "NAFEX Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Friday, September 11, 2009, 11:52 PM

One of my cornus mas has 14 fruits this year!  (Plus two more that  
I've picked.)  Okay, not a huge yield, but I've previously only gotten  
1, so this feels like an actual crop.

How can I tell if the fruits are ripe?  Most are fully red, a few are  
still slightly pink.  The two I picked were fully red, crunchy, and  
very sour, although I liked the flavor.  Do they get sweeter and less  
sour if I let them ripen longer?  How much longer?  I don't think the  
squirrels have realized they are food, yet, but I suppose that's only  
a matter of time.

eastern MA, zone 6
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