When are blueberries ripe?

@theknute (183)
July 1, 2011 12:36am CST
I live in the northeast US, and there are many blueberry bushes nearby. Do you know when I can expect them to be ripe?
2 responses
@owlwings (38301)
• Cambridge, England
1 Jul 11
When they ripen depends on the variety. Some are ready in early summer and others later. You need to resist picking them as soon as they have turned blue. They need a week to 10 days longer on the bush, in fact, when you can just pass your hand under the berries and they fall off is when they are ready. Since these aren't 'your' bushes, you won't be able to cover them to keep birds off, so you need to keep your eye on them so that you know when to pick them before the birds get them all! More information (for gardeners, mostly, but still useful for the wild ones) here: http://www.ehow.com/how_8302_harvest-store-blueberries.html and here: http://www.gardenguides.com/68808-harvest-blueberry.html
@theknute (183)
1 Jul 11
Wonderful, that was just the response I was looking for! Thank you!
@owlwings (38301)
• Cambridge, England
1 Jul 11
Happy harvesting! I wish that blueberries grew wild round here but I know where I can find blackberries, elder flowers (and berries, later), rosehips, sloes, Oregon Grapes (barberries) and even walnuts. I am pickling some walnuts at the moment and the Elderflower Champagne is being consumed as I speak!
@theknute (183)
1 Jul 11
Wow, sounds good!
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
1 Jul 11
Depending upon when they were planted, you can expect them to ripen during the summer months. They can be available fresh from May to August I think. The price will decrease as they are most available.
@theknute (183)
1 Jul 11
Thank you for your response! There are so many bushes in the area that we will be getting ours for free. :)