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How to know if the fruit you want to buy is ripe.

Posted on Jun 14, 2024 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Uncategorized

Yes, I’m a writer. But we all have to live and eat so this post is about how to pick out the best fruit (aside from cutting it in half at the grocery store) which they frown upon.

Watermelon:  One of my favorite fruits. I love to grow them. First of all, make sure there is a large yellow or yellow and white spot on the bottom of the melon, called a ground spot. The bigger it is, the sweeter the melon. Most people don’t know what a sugar spot is. It is a brown or black spot on the melon itself.  Lastly, look at the stem where the melon came off the vine. Pick the darkest on you can find.

Pineapple: Pineapple is one of those fruits that should smell like itself. Pick one up and smell it.  Next, ripe pineapples have yellow or brown skin. Also, squeeze it. A ripe one is slightly soft. If the fruit is very soft, it is rotten. The last thing you can do it to move up by the crown. Try to pull out a leaf. If the pineapple is ripe, it will pull out with a firm tug.

We love to grow our own pineapple. Cut the crown off with about two inches of fruit attached. Put it in a bowl of water. It will sprout roots. Once it roots transfer it to a pot. It will grow into a few fruit.

Cantaloupe: There should be no green on the fruit. If you gentle press on the bottom where the stem was attached, it should go back into shape. The key there is gentle. Most ripe fruits have a musky smell. A ripe fruit is much heavier than you think it should be for its size.

I’ll leave you with a few fun facts. A strawberry is not a berry, but a banana is.

A Kiwi fruit has more Vitamin C than an orange.

A potato was the first food grown in space.

Cranberries can bounce.

A pumpkin is a fruit, not a squash.

A fig has more calcium than milk.

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