Fruit Facts – Other

  • PineappleDon’t think that you’ll have to pay more to get the highest quality in fruits. Because fruits are seasonal, they’re at their cheapest and best at the peak of their season.
  • Apples and bananas are generally good year-round, but oranges and grapefruit are at their best during the winter months. Berries, melons, grapes, cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, and nectarines all are good buys during summer and early fall.
  • Pineapples don’t ripen after they’re picked, so buy them ripe in the store. Contrary to the common advice, pulling the leaves of a pineapple is not the way to tell if it’s ripe. Instead, lift it, squeeze it, and smell it. The fruit should be heavy, which means it’s juicy; the skin should yield slightly to a gentle squeeze; and the aroma should be sweet.
  • Except for pineapples, don’t limit yourself to the fruit that is ripe in the store. You can have good luck even with hard, green fruits – if you know how to ripen them.
  • Pears are a good example of fruits that actually are better when they’re ripened at home
  • If your bananas, kiwifruit, peaches, pears, plums, or other fruits are a little on the hard or green side when you buy them, speed up the ripening process by keeping them at room temperature for a few days in a paper bag.
  • Buy peaches that are firm and full-colored and pass over the ones that are tinged with green; the green areas won’t ripen properly.
  • To make sure you get the best, juiciest oranges and grapefruits, choose fruits that feel heavy for their size. Grapefruits should be thin-skinned. Small green or brown spots won’t affect the quality of either fruit.
  • Funny looking as it is on the outside, the kiwifruit is amazingly reliable on the inside for its tangy-sweet, emerald-green flesh. Ripe kiwifruit will yield to gentle palm pressure. Ripen firm kiwis at room temperature or store them in the refrigerator for several weeks where they will ripen slowly.
  • The aroma is the most important clue when you’re buying melons. Unless a ripe fruit is very cold, it will smell sweet. Also, the scar at the stem end of the melon should be indented and yield to pressure from your thumb.