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How to Determine if Your Fruit is at its Peak of Ripeness

May 6, 2019 by

Fruit can be enjoyed all year long, but how do you know when the best time is to indulge in your favorite fruit?

In this article, we will look at some of the most popular fruits and analyze how you can tell if you are picking the right one at your local grocery store or farmer’s market.

Pineapples

It is often true with fruit that when they are green on the outside, they are not quite ripe. However, this is not the case with pineapples. Rather than relying on what a pineapple looks like, you should smell it to determine if it is ripe. If the pineapple has a strong smell, it is likely overripe. However, if it smells sweet and fresh, then it is perfect!

Strawberries

Although the best strawberries are usually bright red, this fruit can be hard to truly determine. Sometimes the ones that look like they are going to be perfect end up being hard and sour. Strawberries continue to get more red after they are harvested, but they won’t get more ripe. The best way to tell if your strawberries are ripe is by smelling them– just like pineapples, if they smell fresh, they are.

Melon

It can be hard to determine the ripeness of melons because they have a tough rind. First, you need to make sure that your melon does not have any bruises or blemishes on it. Watermelon and honeydew should have a matte finish– if they have a shiny exterior, they may not be ripe yet.

You also want to make sure that your melon has a sweet smell so you can rule out other unripe fruits. Finally, you want to weigh your melon– melons that are ripe will feel heavier for their size than those that are not ripe yet. Another tip for picking a ripe watermelon is to tap its outer shell and listen for a hollow sound inside.

Peach

You will find a lot of different shades of peaches, but that doesn’t necessarily determine its ripeness. The shade of the peach is determined more by how much of the peach was in the direct sunlight while it was growing. This means that you shouldn’t turn down a peach just because it has a yellow spot. However, if you see some peaches with green or white spots on them, you may want to keep looking because they are probably not ripe yet.

Choose the peach that has the healthiest looking skin lightly squeeze it to make sure that it is firm, but not rock hard. If it is too soft, that means it is overripe.

Blueberries

Because blueberries grow in clusters, they may not all ripen at the same time. You will be able to tell if your blueberries are ripe when they are blue in color all over, including the outer cap of the berry that is on the opposite side from the stem. If a blueberry is green or red on either end, it is not ripe yet.

You can also lightly press the blueberries between your fingers. If the berry is ripe, it will be firm. If it is overripened, it will be mushy or soft. Finally, ripe blueberries taste sweet, while unripe blueberries either don’t have much or a flavor or they are sour.

Avocado

Just like peaches, avocados come in various shades– all of which may be ripe. In the case of avocados, the color largely depends on the variation of the fruit, so this isn’t an effective method of determining if it is ripe or not. The best way to find a ripe avocado is to lightly tug its stem. If it comes right off, then the avocado is ready to be eaten. Alternatively, if it is difficult to remove the stem or a brown patch is left behind, it isn’t ready to be eaten.

Hopefully these tips can help you pick out the perfect fruit next time you go shopping and keeps you from ending up at home with fruit that is either way over ripened or needs a lot more time to mature. Picking out fruit can be easy if you know what you are doing and what to look for.

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