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How to Tell When Fruit is Ripe

Have you ever gone to a grocery store and wondered which avocado was ripe or if the container of strawberries were too ripe? Although most of us know when avocados are ripe (thanks, internet!), many of us aren’t sure about the others. Well, we can help you. Check out some of our tips on how to tell when fruit is ripe.


Cantaloupes should feel heavier than they look and smell musky yet sweet. To tell if the cantaloupe is ripe, press your thumb into the bottom. There shouldn’t be a lip around the stem of the fruit. Next, smell the cantaloupe; if it smells overly sweet, it is likely overly ripe. It is better to take a fruit that is under ripened than over ripe.


Pineapples should feel firm to the touch. They should not feel mushy or rock hard, they must be firm. But the most important thing about pineapples is the smell. An unripe pineapple won’t have a smell. An over ripe pineapple will smell like vinegar. Smell for a fruit that smells sweet like pineapples.


When choosing apples, you should look for an apple that is firm. Pick up one of the apples and gently press down with your finger. It should be firm to the touch but not easily intend. Avoid apples that indent, are discolored, or noticeably soft. You can also tell by smell as well. Look for an apple with a fresh scent but note that not all apples have a strong fragrance. Gala apples have the strongest scents.


When choosing an orange, you should look for one that is firm but with a smooth skin and no soft spots. The riper the orange, the heavier it will feel.


Unlike other fruits, strawberries do not become sweeter once they have been picked. You should choose strawberries based on their smell and bright red colors. Avoid fruits with soft, dark spots as it could mean mold could settle on it.

When choosing your fruits, it is important to choose ones that are not over-ripe.

Allison Rouse