Don’t pick a bad pineapple or a mealy watermelon again. Know the secrets to fresh and ripe foods before you go wrong at the produce aisle. The kitchen mavens at Stack Exchange provide tips on selecting the freshest fruits and vegetables.
How to tell if a canteloupe is ripe?
Cantaloupe should feel heavier than it looks and smell musky and sweet. Also you should be able to press your thumb in slightly on the bottom and there shouldn’t be a lip around the stem.
If it smells over-sweet it’s most likely over ripe. You can let a cantaloupe ripen on your counter top if you get one under-ripe
— Answered by sarge_smith
How to tell if a Meyer lemon is ripe?
Meyer lemons should be quite a bit softer than a standard Eureka lemon, because the skin is much thinner. That said, it shouldn’t be like a gentle squeeze causes your finger to sink in 1/2 an inch. If that happens, I think you’ve found a batch that are too old and have started to get mushy or lose moisture. Keep looking for good ones – Meyer lemons are terrifically fragrant, floral and mild.
— Answered by Michael at Herbivoracious
How to tell if red bananas are ripe?
Red bananas change color, just not so obviously as normal bananas. There’s a slight greenish tint that disappears as they ripen, and the red becomes a bit deeper (some people say purplish).
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