How to fill your punnet with only the sweetest, juiciest fruit
Select strawberries in the warmest part of the day and, once you’ve established that they’re ripe (red all over), pinch the stalk between your thumb and forefinger and pull.
Search for plump raspberries at the bases of the canes, which are often forgotten about. They should lift off easily when ready. Place in a shallow container in just one or two layers – they bruise easily.
Remove the cluster of currants (black, red or white) on a branch before stripping it of its fruits.
Gather under-ripe gooseberries in June for using in preserves, leaving enough fruits to sweeten for eating in July.