Do you ever find yourself at the grocery store or farmer's market squeezing and sniffing all the fruit because you have no idea how to tell if those melons are ripe?! Then the produce guy starts giving you the glare so just quickly drop some melons in your cart. Well I'm here to help you tell how your summer fruit is ripe without man-handling the melons. ;) The best way to get fresh fruit is to head to your local farmer's market. Not only will you be supporting your local farmers, you'll be getting some of the best quality fruit because it hasn't been pick before it's ripe in order to travel hundreds of miles.
I live in Hawaii so of course I'm going to talk about pineapple! You've never tasted anything as delicious as pineapple grown in Hawaii. It's sweet and tart at the same time and you don't even care when the juice drips down your chin! So how to tell if it's ripe you ask. The whole pineapple should be golden brown with a sweet scent. If you still see some green and there's no scent it's not ripe yet.
Cantaloupes are one of the harder fruits to tell ripeness. The best ways to check a cantaloupe are by touch, smell, and weight. If you press the stem it should give a little, it should smell sweet and fragrant, and it should feel heavy in your hand.
What would summer be without a juicy slice of watermelon?! Watermelons should be hollow when knocked on, but the easiest way to check is by color. A ripe watermelon will have a yellow spot on it somewhere when it's ready to eat.
There are many different varieties and colors of mangoes so the only way to really tell if they're ripe is by touch. Mangoes should give a little when gently squeezed. Remember no man-handling people! ;)
So Get out there and Eat Some Fruit!!
Summer has some of the best fruit from mangoes and pineapple to strawberries and blueberries to peaches and apricots. Each have their own excellent nutritional values. So get out there, enjoy summer, and eat some ripe, local fruit!