When fully ripe the fruit changes to shiny black after a green beginning. It is fun to wait and watch the gradual color transformation. And they can hang for days or even weeks without dropping or softening. Perfect for the procrastinator! The juice has a color that is close to a rose wine. The fruits are flavorful when eaten fresh or boil them into a syrup, it is perfect when poured over waffles or ice cubes. A juice-bar winner, for sure! They ripen in early summer.