We are loving our found treasure of wild blackberries as they ripen on the bush. This is very helpful information sent to me by Chef Michael Maggiani, and now is the perfect time of the year to have it. Enjoy all of that wonderful fruit. Drag your children out into the country and let (make) them help you pick. They will remember it always.
Make life delicious,
The Spice Diva
Ripeness is All, by Roger Swain
Simply because a fruit is mature does not mean it is ripe. Ripeness describes the condition following maturity when the fruit is at its tastiest. Some fruits can be picked at the mature stage and allowed to ripen off the plant. Others, however, must be allowed to ripen before they are picked. Knowing which category a particular fruit belongs in is the secret to serving it at its best.
Fruits which can continue to ripen after they are picked are termed climacteric fruits. The avocado is a dramatic example because it only ripens after it is picked. Climacteric fruits are sometimes treated with ethylene gas after harvest. Other climacteric fruits fall into two groups.
The first includes fruits which get sweeter after they are harvested because they contain starch reserves which convert to sugar. The banana changes from 1% sugar and 25% starch to 15% sugar and 1% starch during ripening. Other such fruit include:
Cherries (Sweet and Sour)
Raspberries (Red and Black)