Melon, watermelon, cherries, plums. Seasonal fruit is good for your health and good for your pocket. But it is not always easy to buy it right. We will give you some keys to choose the ripe fruit and know how to identify the fruits at their peak.

Three steps to choosing ripe fruit well

Using these three senses will help you check if the fruit meets the requirements for it to be at its optimum and ripe:

1. Look at the food

Check that it has a bright color and smooth skin . If it has stems and leaves, they should be firm. Check each piece and discard any that have stains, holes, or signs of knocks. Although some brand is normal: an excess of perfection is not natural and can be insipid.

2. Touch ripe fruits

Ideally, it should not be too hard or too soft . In many stores they do not let you touch the fruit, but there are more and more establishments where you can choose it yourself by putting on some gloves. Take the opportunity to feel it gently.

3. Smell the fruits

Choose the one that gives off an intense , pleasant smell , but not too strong, since ripe fruit has more aroma than green.

Clues to hit each fruit at its right point

Apples With a smooth skin that does not give way when pressed gently. Avoid apples that are discolored or with brown areas.

Plums Check that they are not excessively hard, as they can spoil before they ripen. If they are black, they must be dark.

Oranges Choose them with smooth skin and considerable weight. If the orange peel is thick, it will have little juice; and if it is dull in color, it will lack flavor.

Grapes Muscat should turn yellow. And above all, it prevents the grapes from looking wet or pitting.

Pineapple The pineapple will be at its peak if when you stretch one of the leaves in the middle, it comes out easily and is also a little white.

Melon The more stripes it has, the sweeter it is. Also, it should be a little soft at the ends.

Mango Color is key to getting it right: it will be ripe and ready to eat the more yellow its exterior color is.

Watermelon Dark in color. When you move it it should have a hollow sound, if not it is past or green. Look at the base where it rests: the more yellow the better.

Avocado To know if the avocado is ripe, it must have a dark and shiny color, and be a little soft to the touch, but not much because it would indicate that it is past.

Apricots Their color says a lot. As a general rule, the more pink your skin is, the sweeter it will be.

Nectarines Choose them with firm skin, orange-red color and without spots. In addition, they must be aromatic.

Information that you should know how to use to guide you in choosing the best fruit. This information is generally included on most fruits, as a sticker.

  1. Denomination . As with other products, fruit with a designation of origin stamp must meet quality requirements.
  2. Variety . It is not specified in all cases, because the regulations require that certain varieties appear and others do not.
  3. Category. The regulations stipulate a classification according to their quality, extra, I, II and III, which must appear on the label.
  4. Caliber . It refers to the size of the pieces based on their diameter. The law sets minimums for each type of fruit.
  5. Source. Indicates the area (or country) of production. If it is packaged fruit, the name or company name or name of the packer or importer must appear.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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