Picking under-ripe Italian prune plums
My Italian prune plum tree is loaded with fruit. The outside is a nice blue, but the inside is still green and just a bit hard. Unfortunately, we're going away for 3 weeks and I'm sure by mid-Oct the night temps will be in the mid-20's and the fruit will freeze. I was told to just pick the fruit and spread them out in a single layer on a newspaper covered table. Our house stays pretty cool and I won't leave any heat on. Has anyone tried this? I could also spread them out in the garage. Will they ripen or should I just leave them all for the deer?