Have you ever sunk your teeth into what you thought was going to be a juicy peach, only to discover it was under-ripe or mealy and not worth eating? Tasteless fruit is an affront to both the taste buds and the pocketbook.
But how do you tell if your fruit is ripe before cut into it or
take a bite? Here are a few tips for choosing summer fruits that won’t
Choose berries that are firm, dry, and blue with a white sheen.
Avoid red or green berries. Check the bottom of the berry basket to make sure
there are no crushed or moldy berries hiding there.
A ripe cantaloupe with be fragrant and cream or golden in color.
Avoid green cantaloupes and ones with soft spots other than the end opposite
the stem, which is another indication of ripeness.
Choose cherries that are shiny, dark, and plump with intact
Grapes should be firm, plump, heavy for their size, and firmly
attached to the stems. A white sheen is normal. Avoid grapes that are wrinkled
or have brown spots.
Avoid melons with a green tinge. Look for ones that are a
whitish -yellow or golden in color. Shake the melon. If you hear seeds
rattling, it’s ripe. The blossom end should yield slightly when pressed. If you
run your fingers across the skin, you should feel fine ridges. Unripe melons
A ripe mango will be slightly soft to the touch and fragrant
near the stem end.
Look for ones that are deeply colored and not green. A ripe
peach will be fragrant and firm but slightly soft to the touch.
Look for plums that are deeply colored, shiny, with a white or
gray sheen, and firm but not hard as a rock.
Choose strawberries that are very fragrant and uniformly red.
Avoid ones that are yellow, green, or white. The tops should be shiny. Check
the bottom of the basket to make sure there are no crushed or moldy berries.
Thump a watermelon. It should sound hollow. They should also be
firm and heavy and a dark green with a yellow spot on one side where the melon
sat on the ground. If the spot is white, the watermelon probably isn’t ripe.