Do you know to tell whether your fruits are ripe or not? Most people depend on a guessing game, which usually isn’t correct. However, it is essential to know how to check for ripe fruit because, primarily, by the time you figure it out, chances are the fruits in your basket have gone bad. So, what do you do to avoid this? Simple, you learn the art of figuring out whether the fruits are ripe or not.
There is no set date or timeline for every fruit, each fruit has its maturing period, and the signs differ. Fruits ripen due to the release of ethylene, which is a gas and also a plant hormone. When stored in dark and warm places, fruits release a lot of this gas, and hence fruits are stored in the fridge to keep them fresh. Many fruits do not produce much ethylene when removed from the branch/vine, but some ripen up in a blink of an eye, for example, avocados and bananas.
So, without any further ado, let’s dive into the tips on how to tell whether a fruit is ripe or not.
Banana is practically the most straightforward fruit to figure out. A ripe banana has a yellow peel with light spots. Most grocery stores sell under-ripe bananas with green peel or a light-yellow peel as these are better looking. So, go ahead and buy the green ones if you wish to store the bananas for a more extended period.
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.
The simplest way to figure out whether an avocado is ripe or not is by looking under the stem. If the area under the stem is green, the avocado is ripe, if it is brown, the avocado is overripe, and if you have difficulty removing the stem, it is still not ripe.
Strawberries are another easy figure; they smell like they should taste, sweet and juicy when ripe. Another determining factor with strawberries is the stem; ripe strawberries have no white around the stem.
Peaches are similar to strawberries and also smell as they should taste, sweet. The skin is soft to touch when ripe, and the flesh is firm yet soft; if the skin gives away at the touch, the fruit is overripe.
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.
Cherries, strawberries, and all other berries are easy to figure out as the color of ripe berries is pretty distinctive. Strawberries are bright red when ripe, blackberries are a dark purple (almost black) when ripe, and cherries are a deep red.
Perfectly ripe pineapples smell sweet, are heavier, and have healthy green leaves. Overripe pineapples are yellowish-brown in color, with mushy flesh, wilted leaves.
Watermelon is another problematic fruit to determine, but the process becomes straightforward once you figure out the trick. There are many tips involved with ripe watermelons, such as, it should feel hollow and lighter when ripe; however, the most straightforward trick is to check the surface. Ripe watermelons have white-yellow patches at the surface, also known as the under-belly.
Mangos are all about touch, and there is little you can figure through the skin or the color. For example, green mangoes do not necessarily turn yellow or red when ripe, so you have to figure it out through touch. The most straightforward trick is to press the mango a little; if the flesh is soft and gives a little, the mango is ripe. The smell, too, is a determining factor; ripe mangoes smell a lot sweeter than raw mangoes.
There you have it, a complete and detailed guide that helps you in figuring out whether the fruit in your kitchen is ripe or not. Often, the fruits at our house go bad due to neglect, so it is essential to know when fruits are ripe or raw. Fruits such as bananas, mangoes, strawberries, etc., are fruits you can use when overripe. You can use slightly overripe fruits in smoothies and milkshakes and make good use of them. Hopefully, after this guide, you will have no rotten fruits to deal with and can quickly tell whether different fruits are ripe or not.