Content of the material
- How to Tell if an Avocado is Ripe
- The Feel
- How To Tell If A Watermelon is Ripe?
- How to Store Pears
- How to Tell if Your Figs Are Ripe?
- Storing Ripe Figs
- Non-Climacteric Fruit
- How to Tell If a Dragon Fruit Is Rotten
- You Can’t Hurry Love… or Can You?
- A Guide to Ripening Avocados
How to Tell if an Avocado is Ripe
Fresh avocados do not ripen on the tree, they ripen or “soften” after they have been harvested. Fresh avocados are unique from some of the other varieties of avocados because they can change from a dark-green color to a deep purplish almost black hue when ripe. Although skin color can help in the initial visual selection of fresh avocados it is not always the best indicator for ripeness. Ripeness is ultimately determined by consistency. Color can sometimes be misleading as avocado “softening” can occur at a varying rate, independent of the color.
Look: For Hass avocados, if it’s bright green, it’s underripe. If it’s a very dark green (almost black), it’s overripe. Ideally, you’d pick one that is turning a slightly darker shade of green. As mentioned in my kitchen hacks list, it can also help to look under the nubbin if it’s not already off. If the meat underneath is brown, the whole fruit may be the same. If it’s a vibrant green, you’re probably good.
Touch: Put the avocado in the palm of your hand and gently squeeze it without using your fingertips (so you don’t bruise it, making the person who actually buys it sad). If it gives under very light pressure, then it’s probably overripe; if it gives slightly, then it’s probably ripe (you may want to buy it when it’s more firm if you aren’t going to use it right away).
*Important: Avocados will continue to ripen at room temperature. Once the fruit is at a good ripeness, you should eat it within a day or two, or put into the fridge to slow down the ripening process.
Ripe figs have soft skin and soft flesh, and the skin is slightly wrinkled but not shriveled. Ripe figs also have a deep brown color and can be easily peeled.
Similar to bananas, pear is ripe when light spots appear on the exterior. Plus, pears also smell a bit sweeter and are soft to touch when ripe.
Even when pineapples are perfectly yellow, they still have spikes. Sorry. We can’t do anything about that, but touching them still helps figure out if they’re ripe or not. The difference in texture won’t be as drastic as a ripe vs. unripe avocado, but a ripe pineapple will feel very slightly soft when you squeeze it. A rock-hard pineapple isn’t the one you want.
How To Tell If A Watermelon is Ripe?
The tastiest and sweetest watermelons ripen in the period from the second half of August until the end of September. Some producers spray early watermelons with nitrogen fertilizers and growth stimulants, which is dangerous for your health. Opt for a medium-sized watermelon. Bright, contrasting stripes and a shiny crust are the signs of its ripeness. A watermelon’s side should be a saturated yellow color, not the white and its size should be 2-4 inches. Knock a watermelon with your first- ripe fruits make a resonant sound.
Season: April to November
Best To Buy: May to August
Smell: The bottom/butt of the pineapple should smell slightly sweet. If it has a distinct vinegary or fermented smell, the fruit will be sour and gross, so maybe don’t buy that one.
Look: It should appear golden yellow—the more yellow, the sweeter it will be. If it’s yellow on bottom and green on top, the sweetness probably won’t be consistent. Ideally, the yellow will extend to the top, which means the sugar has reached the top. Keep in mind, just because it is slightly green, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s underripe. Just make sure it has some yellow to it. If it looks slightly bronzed or red and has dry leaves, that means it’s overripe.
Touch: The fruit should be pretty firm to the touch but will give slightly when pressed. If it’s got a mushy quality, just say no.
*Important: Pineapples don’t ripen much once they have been picked, so like watermelon, make sure you select one that is a good ripeness.
How to Store Pears
As you wait for your pears to ripen, store them on a plate or on the counter, but make sure they’re side by side and not stacked to avoid bruising.
Once your pears start to soften, you can store them in the fridge to slow down the ripening process and maximize their freshness. In the refrigerator, they will last about five days longer than if they are sitting out on the counter.
If you want to store pears for a longer period of time, I suggest canning them. Canned pears are delicious as is or you can use them for baking.
You can also freeze pears, but as most varieties are so soft when ripe, they aren’t the best fruit for freezing. Firmer varieties like Anjous would be the best option for freezing.
How to Tell if Your Figs Are Ripe?
It can be difficult to identify ripe fig fruits. This is because there isn’t a certain color identification to tell that the fruit is ripe. Depending on the species of tree, ripe fruits could appear differently.
It is important that you observe your fruits closely each season. This makes it easy to detect changes in the color and signs of ripeness.
When the fruits are ripened, the neck of the fruits die and the fruit dangles. The natural thing to do will be to taste the fruit. Unripe fruit will have an unpleasant taste while ripe fruits will be pleasing to the taste buds.
You should also watch out for nectars that the tree emits. This is a sign that the fruit is ready for harvest.
Storing Ripe Figs
In order to prevent wastage, you need to store your figs properly. This you can easily do in a number of ways.
You can choose to eat your fruits immediately after harvest or process them for storage. When properly processed, figs can stay for up to 3 years.
The best method to store your fig is to first lay them out in the sun to dry. You should endeavor to wash them first before drying. Once they are dry, you can either freeze the fruit until it hardens or freezes it in water until it turns to ice. Once the fruit solidifies, you can now keep it in a container and leave it in the freezer until it is ready for use.
After harvesting, you should endeavor to eat your figs within three days. You should be able to keep fresh fruits to stay up to 5 days if you keep them in the refrigerator.
The temperature needs to be low or slow freezing. You should also not place figs in the same compartment or container with other fruits or vegetables. This is because they can cause them to rot quickly.
Non-climacteric fruit ceases to ripen after it has been harvested.
A ripe orange should be firm with a thin, smooth skin and no soft spots. The riper the orange, the heavier the orange should feel for its size.
When buying grapes, you want to make sure that they are not mushy in texture. If grapes easily fall from their stems, they are not as fresh as they should be.
As a non-climacteric fruit, strawberries do not become sweeter after being picked. This is why it is important to select strawberries that have a sweet aroma. A ripe strawberry will be bright red and free of dark spots.
How to Tell If a Dragon Fruit Is Rotten
Dragon fruits that have cuts and cracks or are split open, are damaged and rotten. If the flesh of the fruit has turned brown, it is rotten and must not be consumed. Its flesh should appear juicy yet firm in texture—a combination of a melon and pear.
Depending on the variety, the flesh of the fruit is white, deep pink, red, or purple in color. The seeds of a dragon fruit resemble those of a kiwi.
You Can’t Hurry Love… or Can You?
A Guide to Ripening Avocados
When it comes to love, timing is everything. Same goes for avocados. Follow these tips to make sure you enjoy every nutritious slice no matter what stage of ripeness.