The difference in taste between unripe fruit and fruit that is perfectly ripe is huge. But how do you know when your fruit is just right? It is often difficult to determine this from the outside.
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tricks, and Culy figured them out!
From avocado to pineapple: this is how you know whether fruit is ripe
You can smell a ripe peach before you see it. The skin of a peach should also be firm, but feel a little soft when you squeeze it gently. Too soft is not good!
Checking whether a pineapple is ripe? Smell it first: the smell should be sweet in the first place. In addition, a pineapple should be heavy, and ripe pineapples are characterized by beautiful, green leaves.
You can check watermelons for their ripeness by tapping them: they should sound hollow. Again, a heavier watermelon is a good sign. The scent of watermelon should be slightly sweet again, without being overpowering.
> Read more: How to pick out a ripe watermelon
With fresh figs it is important that the skin is slightly wrinkled (but not completely shriveled). In terms of color, figs are at their best when they have a deep, purple-brown color.
You can check avocados for their ripeness by removing the bulb (root) from the skin. With ripe avocados you will see a green spot where the root has been, with overripe avocados it is rather brown. Is it difficult to get the ball off? Then the avocado is most likely not ripe enough.
You can determine the ripeness of a kiwi on the basis of three factors. The outside (it should be completely brown, so without green spots), the shape (it should be nicely convex, without wrinkles) and the smell. The latter should of course smell like kiwis. An odorless kiwi is probably not ripe yet.
Check with nectarines that they do not show an underlying green color, which indicates that they are not yet ripe enough. The ideal nectarines are firm to the touch but give a little ‘give’ when you enclose them with your entire hand and squeeze them gently. Again, the scent of a nectarine should be sweet and fruity, without being too overpowering.
This is how you choose a good mango: the root of mango (the lump at the top) should smell fruity and sweet. If you squeeze it gently, the mango should give a little. Ripe mangoes also weigh slightly more than unripe ones. When in doubt between two mangoes, always choose the heaviest.
With pomegranates, their weight plays a major role. Good pomegranates are heavy, indicating that they are full of juice. The skin, on the other hand, should be firm and tight. Scratches and the color of the skin, on the other hand, do not necessarily mean good or bad!
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