Sour Blueberries - Knowledgebase Question

Melrose, MA
Question by jch3
July 13, 2000
We have five beautiful blueberry bushes. They are all about fifteen years old. They look healthy and every year they have a profuse amount of blueberries on them. Unfortunately the blueberries are rather sour despite their obvious ripeness. Is there anything that we can do to change this?


Image
Answer from NGA
July 13, 2000

0

To a large extent, flavor is related to variety you are growing. Some are simply sweeter than others which is perhaps less important if you are using the berries to make jam or pie filling when you can correct the sweetness, as opposed to fresh eating. Ripeness is also a factor and if they are sour there is a chance they are still not quite ripe, even if they have already darkened and seem a bit soft. That is when you would begin the "taste test" for ripening. Another indicator is that the birds will begin to harvest them -- they seem to know when the berries are approaching peak ripeness and steal them just as they are becoming ready to pick.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by Fleur569 and is called "Working with Purple & White"