Learn how to choose the sweetest and freshest fruits with these tips.
Picking fruits feels like a guessing game – you tap and prod them, hoping to determine which are ripe and sweet. But guess what, there are legit techniques to choosing sweet, ripe fruits. And they differ across fruits. Here’s what to look out for when buying fruits, so you do not have to end up with a bad one.
There are two common kinds of peaches – white and yellow. Yellow peaches are more acidic while white peaches are milder in flavour.
Whether you’re buying white or yellow peaches, look out for a consistent blush tone throughout. It is an indication of a ripe peach. A small white speckle on the skin means that the peach has a high sugar content, so you can guarantee it will be sweet. The size also determines the taste. Generally, bigger ones like baseball sizes give a good balance of sweetness.
To set the record straight, tapping on your watermelon is not helpful. The good news is, you can spot a good watermelon by its skin.
Unlike fruits like banana and peaches, watermelons will not continue to ripen once they are harvested, so what you see is what you get. Avoid picking watermelons when the skins show excessive spots, are brownish or have scarring.
A sweet, ripe watermelon would have a yellow spot on its skin – the part that rested on the soil during the growing process. The spot is white at first, but becomes yellow when the sugar content increases. Hence, a yellow spot is a good indication that the watermelon is sweet and ripe.
There are about six different types of mangoes with various skin colours, so don’t focus too much on the colour. Instead, give the mango a good sniff at the stem area.
A ripe mango will exude a fruity aroma. It’s normal to see brown spots or specks on a ripe mango. Choose mangoes that look plump and rounded, as flat or thin mangoes are likely to have stringy flesh.
If you want to eat your avocado as soon as possible, buy those with dark, almost black skin. Other than the colour, feel the firmness of the avocado. Place the avocado your palm and apply a gentle pressure without using your fingertips (as doing so may bruise the fruit). A ripe avocado will feel slightly soft but not mushy. Aim to consume a ripe avocado within two days of purchase.
With its thick, protective skin, it seems hard to tell if a pineapple is ripe. Not too worry, just like most fruits, your sense of smell and touch is all you need to spot a sweet and ripe one. Sniff the stem end of the pineapple (at the bottom) to tell if there’s a faint, sweet scent. Avoid pineapples with a overpoweringly sweet, almost alcohol-like scent. That means the pineapple is overripe.
A ripe pineapple should also be slightly soft. Hold the pineapple in your palm and apply gentle pressure to determine. Another thing you can do is to compare the weight of similar-sized pineapples. The heavier one is likely to be sweeter as it contains more juice. Another obvious sign of a good pineapple is its leaves. Choose pineapples with healthy, green leaves – that means they are fresh and harvested recently.
(Also read: 8 Nutritious Tropical Fruits You Should Be Eating)