Elderberry Bushes
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I picked elderberries. They are more light purple with some green berries. I picked out the green berries. I read that the berries

Zone 46590 | wildbillbowdler added on August 14, 2018 | Answered

I read that elderberries should be dark blue and hanging upside down to be ripe. Can I leave these berries spread out on the counter to ripen more? Will they ripen? Are they too unripe at this color to use?

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BushDoctor
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Answered on August 15, 2018

As long as they are not green at all, then they are fine. They will not ripen off of the plant, so it is important to pick them when they are fully ripe.

This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/elderberry/tips-for-picking-elderberries.htm

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