Harvesting Rabbiteye & Southern Highbush Blueberry

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This article provides information about when and how to harvest rabbiteye and southern highbush blueberry fruit
by Brett · Zone 5A · -20° to -15° F to Zone 11 · Above 40° F · Fruit Bushes · 0 Comments · October 01, 2013 · 4,702 views

When do blueberries ripen on the bush?

There are several types of blueberries including: rabbiteye, southern highbush, and northern highbush. There are many varieties within each of these three types of blueberries. All vareities ripen at some point in time during the summer, however some varieties are known to have fruit that ripens early-season, while others will ripen mid or late season. It's difficult to nail down a specific week or month that a specific variety of blueberry will ripen - this is based on your geographical location and other environmental factors.

When to pick blueberries from the bush?

This is very simple. Don’t rush to pick the berries as soon as they turn blue. Instead, wait a couple days. When they are ready, they should fall off right into your hand.

How to store blueberries?

You have several choices regarding what to do after having picked ripe bluberries. Either eat them fresh or store them short term in the refrigerator or freeze them. Blueberries are one of the easiest fruits to freeze. Before freezing, wash and dry the berries thoroughly. Then just put them in a plastic container with a lid or in a plastic bag. It's that simple and you'll have berries all winter long!


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