- Fruits are an important part of a healthy diet because they provide essential vitamins and minerals.
- There’s nothing worse than forcing yourself to eat bland-tasting fruit. All the more reason to learn how to tell when it’s ripe!
- It’s easy to identify ripeness just by observing, feeling, and smelling fruit.
Nothing quite beats biting into a fresh, juicy piece of fruit! But navigating the grocery aisles to pick out perfectly ripe fruit isn’t always easy. The good news is, most fruits give off a few key indicators that let you know they’re ready to eat!
So, if you want to learn how to tell when fruit is ripe, follow along as we break down the key factors to look for in some of the most popular types of fruit. Remember to bring this guide with you the next time you go grocery shopping. Not only will you be eating better (and tastier) fruit, but you’ll be saving money with less food waste too!
Apples and Pears
Apples are typically ripe when picked from the tree. For this reason, it’s important that you pick the best ones at the store. When choosing applies, look for firm, smooth skin and avoid ones with soft spots. Apples will usually stay ripe in the fridge for up to 6-weeks.
Pears on the other hand aren’t always ripe when picked. If they aren’t fully ripe when you buy them at the store, you can leave them on your counter at room temperature until they develop a few brown spots (similar to a banana). When the fruit is slightly soft and smells sweet, it’s ready to eat!