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No Thumping Allowed: How to Choose a Melon

Calling all fruit and vegetable shoppers. How many times have you seen people thumping their way through the produce section? Sometimes I wish I could videotape it and put it to music.

Fruit shoppers have a tendency to get creative when discerning ripe from unripe fruit, thumping their way through a process that is more formulaic than artistic.

The experts at FruitAndVeggieGuru.com have put together some guidelines to help find the freshest fruits.  Remember that each fruit is different:
So how can you pick the most delicious fruits? The following tips can guide consumers to choose the best of the best:
If you feel inclined to thump your watermelon, make sure to listen for a hollow sound. For a more effective freshness test, choose a melon that is heavy for its size and has a mild yellow underside. Keep cut-up watermelon for a week in an air-tight container; uncut melon will last three weeks.
A red blush on a peach doesn’t always mean it is ripe. Peaches that give with soft pressure and have a strong aroma and no dark or mushy spots taste the best. Remember that peaches ripen most on the tree; for a little further ripening, place peaches in a brown paper bag on a counter for a day or two to soften.

Firm-textured, deep-red cherries stay tasty in the refrigerator for several days and in the freezer for up to one year. Avoid cherries that are too dark or too soft.

Cantaloupe should have a yellowish tinge to the rind and should yield to soft pressure, applied most effectively by your thumb. Melons with the stem still attached are immature and will not yield the best flavor.
The ‘eyes’ of a pineapple tell you if it is ripe; make sure they are all roughly the same size. Unlike a lot of other popular fruits, pineapples will continue to ripen if stored at room temperature.
 

Washing all of your fruit before slicing, dicing and digesting it is an important part of the dining experience. Remember: any bacteria and germs that might have collected on the skin of the fruit will enter it when you plunge the knife in.

With the tips and tricks provided, your fruit shopping expertise will lead you to the ripest and the juiciest that the supermarket has to offer. 

Courtesy of FruitandVeggieGuru.com  

Karyn Zoldan
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  1. My mom always told me to shake a cantaloupe, if it’s ripe, you’ll hear the seeds shaking around inside…could be an old wives tale, but we always had fresh, delicous cantaloupe for breakfast, so maybe she had the ticket!

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