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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.

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