How can you tell when it is time to harvest the backyard apple, peach, pear and cherry trees?
Time the picking to coincide with the fruit being fully ripe to yield its peak of flavor and
nutrition. Here’s what to look for:
- The fruit will look ripe. Its skin will be flush with color rather than the green shade it
had while developing all summer.
- The fruit will feel ripe. It will yield to a gentle squeeze indicating the flesh has softened
- It will also smell ripe becoming pleasantly fragrant, especially when the sun has warmed
- The best indication that fruit is ready for picking is that it picks easily. Truly ripe fruit
virtually falls into your hand when grasped. But harvest before it drops onto the ground and