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When to Pick Berries – It’s berry season and there’s nothing better than a ripe strawberry eaten straight off the plant. Blackberries, raspberries and blueberries are also in season now. How do you know when to pick them? Here are our best tips: 1) Berries should be uniformly and deeply colored. Avoid strawberries with white near the stem end, and wait until blackberries lose their crimson tint. Go for deep black instead. 2) Ripe berries come right off. If a blue, black or raspberry is ready, it will release from its stem with the slightest tug. Use your thumb and index finger to rock the berry back and forth a little. If it’s ready it will separate easily. If it resists, leave if for another day. Strawberries are picked when the color is deep red and consistent throughout. Pinch stems with your fingernails or use shears to cut stems, rather than pulling the off. You run the risk of uprooting the whole plant or coring the strawberry instead. Berry season runs from now through July. Read up on how to harvest blackberries here.