Looks can be deceiving…even when it comes to fruit. It’s never pleasant when you cut open or take a bite out of your favourite fruit only to discover the hard and flavourless unripeness of it all. It’s easy to look at a yellow banana and know that it’s ripe enough to eat, but what about others? Like watermelon and strawberries? Don’t worry! There are ways to figure out if a fruit is ripe or not. Take a look below:
Without a doubt, watermelon are the stars of the summer. They typically have a white or pale green spot where they were resting on the ground, and when the melon is ripe, that spot turns into a warm, buttery yellow colour. You can also knock on the melon with your knuckles; it’s ripe if the sound is hollow.
Blueberries are best when they’re plump, firm and are dark blue in colour.
Like we said before, looks can be decieving, especially with strawberries. A strawberry can be bright red on the outside, but pale and flavorless on the inside. The trick is to use your nose, according to Margaret Hoffman, regional coordinator Northern Manhattan Greenmarket. Ripe strawberries give off a sweet, distinct aroma.
Cantaloupes and Honeydew
Like watermelons, cantaloupe and honeydew melons are a summer go-to. When ripe, they will feel heavier in your hand than they’re supposed to. You could also smell the stem end, which will have a sweet and musky aroma.
Peaches, plums, nectarines
If you gently press on any of these fruits and they slightly yield at the pressure, they are ready for eating. Just don’t squeeze too hard. Look for richly coloured fruits with no brown spots.
A ripe cherry will be plump and firm, with a glossy dark colour and a sweet, fragrant aroma.