How to Pick Ripe, Perfect Produce.

It’s not easy to pick ripe fruits and vegetables from your garden. Bad apples never miss from the bunch. Always be careful because one bad fruit can spoil the whole bunch. With a few tricks, you can become a pro in picking and storing of fruits. You will be able to distinguish the good from the bad.

Cantaloupe.

Picking a ripe cantaloupe is quite easy. There are five indications of whether the fruit is mature and ripe. The smell, the stem, the color, the touch, the netting.

The netting:
With a ripe cantaloupe, the netting on the skin should be coarse, thick and well defined. It should stand out in all places as well.

Color

You can tell that a cantaloupe is ripe and ready for harvest by its color. A raw cantaloupe is green in color while else a ripe on is tinted gold.

Smell

You should also use your sense of smell to check if a fruit is ripe. All you need to do is place the bottom of the fruit near your nose. With a ripe cantaloupe, you will notice a strong sweet aroma.

Stem

The stem end of the fruit is a key indicator whether the fruit is ripe. With a ripe fruit, the stem is easily detachable.

Touch

When checking if a cantaloupe is ripe touch is very important. A ripe cantaloupe will always seem heavy and full for its size while else a raw cantaloupe is light and hallow.

Honeydew.

These fruits have a very smooth skin, unlike the cantaloupe which has a course netted skin. There are various ways you can tell if the fruit is ripe and ready for picking. These include; color, smell, shaking the fruit.

Color

When honeydew ripens, It’s color change from green, then to creamy white, then to yellow. Always avoid green ones because they may not have matured. Creamy white ones are mature and may pick them and they will ripen on your counter.

Smell

When the fruit is ripe, they usually have a strong sweet aroma. All you need to do is to bring the fruit near your nose and you will smell it.

Shake the fruit.

When you shake ripe honeydew, you will fell and hear seeds rattling inside. The fruits also feel heavy and full.

Watermelons

It’s very difficult to tell whether a watermelon is ripe just by looking at it. You must examine it very carefully. The most important thing to look at is the color. A ripe melon has the yellow spot. A mature melon will have pale green or white spots. You can also tell if a melon is ripe by looking at the bottom. A ripe watermelon has yellow or cream bottom, while a green one has a white bottom.

Hass avocado

Avocados usually ripen in the spring or summer. You can either pick ripe ones or mature ones because they continue to ripen when you pick them. The skin should be smooth with no bruising soft spots or cracks. A ripe avocado should just have a little give and it should be firm. If they are very soft, that means that they are overripe and to avoid them going bad you should separate them from the skin. Ripe avocados don’t have a strong smell; they only develop it when they are overripe. When they’re very ripe, make guacamole or freeze the smoothie.

Pineapple

They’re mostly doing well in tropical weather. They ripen and mature during the month of March and June. After being picked they usually continue to ripen. Although some ripe pineapples can be green in color, the best ones that will not disappoint are usually yellow in color at the base. When you touch a ripe, pineapple it should be firm but not very hard. Always make sure to check the bottom for discoloration or mold. A ripe pineapple has a very strong sweet smell. When is smells of fermentation know that the fruit is rotten? When they are very ripe, using pinna coladas or for smoothies.

Mango

These fruits usually do well in the tropical regions and they usually grow all year round. They usually continue to ripen when picked. Always avoid those with wrinkled skin, soft spots or bruising. When ripe they mostly turn into orange, red and yellow. When pressed gently a mango should give in and at the same time, it should be firm. Overripe mangoes usually give in easily and you should avoid them. Ripe mangoes usually have a very strong sweet aroma. When they are overly ripe, freeze to make smoothies and mango lassis.

Apples

They are seasonal fruits and usually ripen during fall. They usually continue to ripen even after they are picked. After they ripen they become softer and sweater. Avoid those that have got bruising, dents, wrinkled, soft spots. Even when ripe some are usually extremity firm. A ripe apple will usually have a pleasant smell. When they are very ripe they can be used to make dessert and applesauce.

Blueberries

These are seasonal fruits that mature and ripen in late spring or summer. They even continue to ripen after you have picked them. When ripe they get the juicer and softer but not tasty. When ripe avoid those with wrinkled skin, leaking, soft, moldy. Always check the bottom to avoid any sickness and stains. They usually don’t have any smell or fragrance when they are ripe. When they are ripe use them or pancake and smoothies.

Grapes

They usually mature and ripen in fall. When picked they don’t continue to ripen. Always look for those with a fresh stem, don’t have wrinkled skin, and don’t have bruising or any brown spots. Always make sure that they are not rotten around the stem. When they are ripe they are usually soft and springy. They usually smell sweet or fermented when ripe. When very ripe you can freeze and eat them later as a snack.

Kiwi

Kiwi is delicious fruits that have a lot of nutrients. Some people choose to eat them right away while others use them in salads. Kiwi fruits can also be used as meat tenderizers. The first thing you do while checking if a kiwi fruit is ripe is to inspect the outer skin. A ripe Kiwi fruit is brown and fuzzy. Don’t pick those that have bruising, wrinkle skin or molds. When you apply a little pressure to the kiwi, if it’s ripe it should slightly give. A ripe kiwi usually has a strong citrus smell. If it gives a pungent smell know that it’s overripe. Use the overripe kiwi for salad and tenderizing meat.

Tomatoes.

When picking tomatoes from your garden, it’s important to know which are ripe and ready for consumption. Tomatoes continue to ripen even after you pick them in the summer. It’s an ideal time to pick the tomatoes. Tomatoes are usually picked 55 to 100 days of planting. Most ripe tomatoes are bright red color or yellow. The skin of the tomatoes should be smooth and shiny. Tomatoes that are ripe are usually slightly firm and not fully hard. All tomatoes that are too soft should be removed from the others and discarded. Tomatoes that are that are ripe should be slightly heavy and full. A ripe tomato has a faint seat smell. Always make sure to properly wash your tomatoes to get rid of the pesticides.

 

 

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