Tips on buying the ripest fruit. When you're shopping for the perfect melon, what should you look for? What about apples, apricots, avacados, bananas, and other fruits? Should you thump them? What colors should they be?
Here are some tips on buying fruit and how to see if a piece of fruit is in good condition.
Apples should be bright in color. Look for bright reds, greens, and yellows. They should be firm when you touch them and should not have any bruises or damaged skin.
Apricots should be somewhat soft when you lightly squeeze them to test for ripeness. You don't want to buy an overly hard or firm apricot.
Avocados should also be somewhat soft when you lightly squeeze them to test for ripeness. You don't want an overly hard avocado. These fruits should not have any bruises or hard spots.
Bananas should be bright yellow in color and should be firm. You don't want to buy bananas with bruises. This fruit is fully ripe when the skin is bright yellow and starts to grow dark brown or black spots.
If you use pressure on the blossom end of the cantaloupe, it should push in nicely. Cantaloupes should smell like cantaloupes from the outside of the fruit.
Cherries should be firm, smooth, and brightly colored. You don't want to buy cherries that have blemishes or mushy skin.
Grapefruit should be firm, almost bouncy, and heavy. Grapefruit should not have too thick of a skin.
Grapes should be brightly colored and plump, attached to green stems. If the grapes are leaking moisture, you should not buy them.
Lemons should smell like lemons from the outside of the fruit. They should have firm, tough skins.
Limes should be heavy and firm. The skin should take on a slightly glossy tone.
Oranges should be firm and heavy. They should be bright orange in color, although it's not uncommon for oranges to take on a slightly green tint. There's nothing wrong with oranges that have this tint.
Peaches should smell like peaches from the outside of their skins. You want to buy peaches that are not the least bit green on their skins. Peaches should be firm and perhaps slightly soft.
Pears, if you use pressure on the skin near the stem, will give a little. The skin should be tough.
Pineapples will smell like pineapples and should have dark green leaves and a dry shell.
Strawberries should be firm, have a bright red color, and should shine just a bit.