How to Tell If These 10 Summer Foods Are Ripe

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How to Tell If These 10 Summer Foods Are Ripe

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Do you know what to look for when you’re buying fresh fruits and vegetables?

Has this ever happened to you? You buy a cart-full of fruits and vegetables only to find a day or two later that they have all turned brown and mushy? If it has, then you may have purchased produce that was overly ripe.

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In general, choosing ripe produce is a matter of common sense — it’s usually easy to choose ripe fruits and vegetables based on a combination of visual cues, scents, and by handling the produce — but some foods can be tricky. Some don’t give off a strong aroma when ripe, for example, and with others, the color of their skin may not be a good indicator of ripeness.

If you’re buying produce at a farmer’s market, ask if you can buy a very small quantity and taste it before you buy in bulk — some farmers will allow you to purchase one berry, for example, so that you can get a taste before investing in the entire container.

If you’re buying produce at a conventional supermarket, however, you’ll have to rely on your other senses — taste won’t be an option. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick guide for determining the ripeness of 10 of summer’s most delicious fruits and vegetables.

Avocado

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Don’t judge an avocado solely by its color. Although a dark color can mean that an avocado is ripe, its firmness is a better indicator. A ripe avocado will yield slightly under light pressure but will not feel mushy.

Beets

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Like other root vegetables, beets should never be soft. Make sure you choose firm, colorful beets that are stored (and sold) in a dry place — if beets are stored in a moist environment, they’ll go bad more quickly.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

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