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A HALF-FAMISHED JACKDAW seated himself on a fig-tree, which had produced some fruit entirely out of season, and waited in the hope that the figs would ripen.
The wise old lady saw that Polly had reached that point where the girl suddenly blooms into a woman, asking something more substantial than pleasure to satisfy the new aspirations that are born; a time as precious and important to the after-life, as the hour when the apple blossoms fall, and the young fruit waits for the elements to ripen or destroy the harvest.
You have put the idea into her mind--leave it there to ripen.
Compositional changes that occur as fruit ripens affect both the organoleptic and nutritional quality of small fruit.
Testing the mechanism on crop plants will prove whether or not it could one day be used commercially to ensure fruit always ripens at the right time, the researchers explained.
One of the most notable features of Prince is that it ripens 4 to 5 days sooner than other early-ripening rabbiteye blueberry varieties.
Some cherries could be ripe before Memorial Day, but the main crop usually ripens in early June, in time for the community's annual Cherry Festival and parade on June's second Saturday.
Major components of grape juice include the sugars, acids, and other chemicals, such as tannins and flavonoids, that are produced as the fruit ripens.
One of the best eating early apples, Redfree should be enjoyed soon after it ripens because it has a short shelf-life.
Simply place green fruits in a paper bag in a warm room to ripen; since warmth, not light, ripens them, it is a waste of time putting them in rows on the windowsills.
Keelings (Scotland) in Glasgow's Fruitmarket takes in around five million green bananas every week, ripens them and then delivers them to Scottish supermarkets and food producers.