"Then I'll pick out the ripest in the basket for you," said Irene, her voice trembling.
So the boy got up and picked some of the ripest pears and put them into a rush basket.
Certainly sometimes Mr Sparrow used to pick out the finest and ripest cherries, or have a good peck at a juicy pear.
This line is quoted in England's Parnassus with the reading "ripest."
And our donkey-driver is a handsome youth, with a bold, frank countenance, and the ripest olive and vermilion complexion.
It is one of the ripest fruits of the Christian life, and, like all fruits, must be grown.
When a plantation is to be established, the planter selects the ripest nuts and dries them for several weeks.
He knows the ripest bunches as well as anybody, and tries them all.
Well revel in the strawberry beds, and try which peach is the ripest!
He carefully picked the largest and ripest and stacked them near the fence.
Old English ripe "ready for reaping, fit for eating, mature," from West Germanic *ripijaz (cf. Old Saxon ripi, Middle Dutch ripe, Dutch rijp, Old High German rifi, German reif); related to Old English repan "to reap" (see reap). Meaning "ready for some action or effect" is from 1590s. Related: Ripely; ripeness.