Jen­nifer Smith, Goonellabah, NSW

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My or­anges and blue­ber­ries are bit­ter, and my daugh­ter's pas­sion­fruit was also very bit­ter this year. Can you help me out?

Phil Dud­man says A few fac­tors can cause fruit to taste less sweet than they should. Make sure your fruit are fully ripened be­fore pick­ing. If you pick some blue­ber­ries or or­anges and they don't taste right, they may not be ready, so try again later. Pas­sion­fruit fall to the ground when fully ripe. Soil nu­tri­ents, or lack thereof, af­fect fruit flavour, so give your fruit­ing plants reg­u­lar ap­pli­ca­tions of a flower and fruit fer­tiliser. Too much wa­ter­ing or lengthy pe­ri­ods of heavy rainfall, can also af­fect flavour.

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