How to Choose Fruits and Berries Properly

Summer is a special season. There are only 90 days when you need to relax, gain positive emotions and strength for the upcoming winter, and most importantly – fill the lack of vitamins and minerals. Therefore, let's consider how to choose the most fragrant, mellow, and tasty fruits.

Peach

If summer could be a fruit, it would be a peach. Choose peaches with bright skin. It should be red or orange, and the pulpy substance of the peach – violent yellow, like the petals of a sunflower. Give a slight press on the peach, the fruit should be springy and not too soft.

Mango

Mellow mango is fairly firm. If the skin is wrinkled, the fruit is over-ripe or has begun to rot inside. It should be smooth, bright in color, and free from blemishes. Do not worry if there are small dark dots. It suggests that the fruit is ripe. Pay attention to the smell. If mango does not smell at all, it is still crude. It will be just tasteless.

Grapes

Look at the color of the berries. Mature green grapes have a yellowish tint. Red grapes – intense wine red, without any green spots. And purple grapes are very dark, almost black. Mature berries are elastic and smooth, tightly attached to the fruit stalk. Wrinkled or wet berries are a sign that the grapes are off.

If the berries have a whitish matte powdery coating, do not worry. This is a natural protection against decay and moisture loss. Even if you cannot wash off the coating completely, it is safe to eat such berries.

Plums

Plums of any color – red, yellow, purple – should not be too soft. Ripe fruits are elastic and spring at a slight touch. Do not buy wrinkled or soggy plums. And also, avoid very firm fruits – they do not ripen, even if you leave them for several days in a dark place.

All fruits must have a sweet, characteristic plum flavor. The grayish powdery coating on the plum, as well as on the grapes, protects the fruits.  

Raspberry

Pay attention to the flavor. Ripe sweet raspberry has a rich aroma. Choose firm, dry berries without any damage and mold. The color must be solid, without green spots.

Raspberry spoils quickly. Try to use it within a few days after the purchase. If the berries become too soft, you can blend them or  make raspberry jam.

Watermelon

The flesh of the watermelon should be sweet and crispy, firm and not too watery. A ripe watermelon makes a dull sound when lightly knocking on it, and when squeezing – crunches.

Look at the skin of a watermelon. It should be shiny, with clearly defined stripes, and without cuts and cracks. There may be a small yellow spot on the side. This is the place where the watermelon touched the ground when getting ripe. 

Fig

It should be soft, but not too much. Do not buy fruits if they look wrinkled or have cracks. Very smooth shiny skin is not the best option too. Such fruits are under-ripe.

Fig spoils very quickly, it cannot be stored for a long time. So eat it within one to two days after the purchase.

Bananas

If you are going to use them immediately, buy already ripe bananas – yellow, with small brown specks. If you want to keep them a few days, choose the greenish bananas. Such bananas gradually ripen. The ideal option for eating –bright yellow bananas with greenish ends.

Do not buy darkened, too soft bananas. They have already begun to rot inside. And the gray color of the skin indicates that the fruit was stored at the wrong temperature. It is unlikely that such bananas will be tasty.