I have discovered that the fruit is at it optimum for jams, sauces and stewing when it is young and when the fruit gets a bit older it gets a bit stringy. Then when it is stewed you end up picking them out of each mouthful.
The optimum time for picking the fruit is between 3 and 6 days after the flower drops off. Then from there the longer you leave them the tougher and thicker the flesh gets.
So I decided that I some would dry some in a friends dehydrator for use as herbal tea. As I mentioned the other day these are some of the reported health benefits: