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How to select fruits from supermarkets? Series #1

If picking a ripe and fresh fruits feels like a completely daunting task, I can assure you that you're not alone. Sometimes this choice feels more like a leap of faith, where you cross your fingers and hope for the best.

But there are ways to discover the sweetest, ripest, juiciest fruits, and to pluck them from the heap.

Here's how I pick the best fruits.

Mangoes


How to Choose

  1. Don't focus on color
  2. Squeeze the mango gently
  3. Mangoes become softer as they ripen.
  4. Ripe mangos will sometimes have a fruity aroma at their stem ends.
  5. The red color that appears on some varieties is not an indicator of ripeness.

Avoid

  1. Hard, 
  2. Shriveled, 
  3. mushy with bruises, 
  4. Rot or black spots, 
  5. Fruit that is all green.

Bananas


How to Choose

  1. Smell the banana and pay attention for a mildewed, moldy or rotten scent. 
  2. A bad scent usually means the banana is rotten, either inside, outside or both.
  3. Examine the skin. Look for mostly yellow skins with a few brown spots. 
  4. Some browning usually means the bananas are just right. 
  5. Avoid bananas with extensive browning or mold on the skin, as they're not likely to last long at home and may have started to rot on the inside.
  6. Check the banana for firmness by giving it a gentle press or squeeze. Bad bananas will feel very soft and mushy. 
  7. A good banana feels soft but not mushy.

Avoid

  • Bananas that have cuts, gashes or other serious damage to the peel.
  • Bruised, discolored, or grayish

Oranges


How to Choose

  1. Choose oranges that are brightly colored.
  2.  The most common type of oranges available at most grocery stores are the Navel and Valencia varieties. 
  3. Navel oranges are typically a bright, solid orange color when they are ripe. 
  4. Valencia oranges can sometimes have a greenish hue to them as they reabsorb chlorophyll during warmer months while they are still hanging on the tree. They are still ripe and good to buy as well.
  5. Hold the oranges in your hand to check the weight. The best oranges should feel heavy for their size. Heaviness indicates the amount of juice in the orange.
  6. Oranges should be firm to the touch.

Avoid

  1. Avoid oranges that have any cuts and bruises. 
  2. Feel for any soft spots. This is a sign that oranges are starting to get moldy.
  3. Dull, lightweight, rough or thick-skinned
  4. Punctured, dry or spongy feel, 
  5. Has soft spots
  6. Discolored weak skin at ends of orange.

Apples


How to Choose

  1. Flip it over and look at the base. If the blossom is closed tightly, it’s fresh. 
  2. If it’s opened up, it’s not. 
  3. As the apple gets older, the blossom opens up.

Avoid

  1. Shriveled
  2. Bruised
  3. Yields slightly to pressure
  4. Lacks color.

Avocados


How to Choose

  1. Look at the avocado's color.Avocados that aren't yet ripe are pale to dark green. 
  2. Ripe avocados are dark green to greenish-brown, and an avocado that is dark brown to black is rotten.

Avoid

  1. Cracked
  2. Broken, or patched with sunken spots

Grapefruit


How to Choose

  1. Don’t be put off if there are some blemishes on the skin. They’re only caused by rubbing up against other fruits, branches, and whatnot while ripening on the tree and don’t affect the taste or quality of the fruit. 
  2. Look for a yellow skin (yes, even the pink or red grapefruit have yellow skins), possibly with a light tint of pink to it.

Avoid

  1. Soft 
  2. Waterlogged
  3. With a peel
  4. That breaks easily when pressed with finger
  5. Rough 
  6. Rigid 
  7. Wrinkled skin
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