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How To Tell If A Watermelon is Ripe?
The tastiest and sweetest watermelons ripen in the period from the second half of August until the end of September. Some producers spray early watermelons with nitrogen fertilizers and growth stimulants, which is dangerous for your health. Opt for a medium-sized watermelon. Bright, contrasting stripes and a shiny crust are the signs of its ripeness. A watermelon’s side should be a saturated yellow color, not the white and its size should be 2-4 inches. Knock a watermelon with your first- ripe fruits make a resonant sound.
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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.
Ripe when: The area under the stem is bright green. If that area is brown, the fruit is overripe. If it’s difficult to get the stem off, it’s probably not ripe yet.
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.
Adding a Fig Tree to your Landscape
In addition to purifying the air, a tree also helps to provide shade and beautify your landscape. A fig tree might just be the improvement that your backyard desperately needs. Let us not forget that it is also a source of fresh vitamins that your body also requires.
At maturity, figs are easy to harvest. This is because they grow to a height of not more than 50 Feet which makes it easy to pick the fruits when they are ripe.
If you already have a fig tree in your landscape, then you must occasionally have to deal with rabbits, squirrels, and other rodents that love to munch on ripe fruits. This is why it is important for you to harvest your fruits on time.
Picking the fruits isn’t usually the problem, the problem is telling when your figs are ripe.
Peaches can be incredibly juicy and sweet but only when they’re ripe! To ensure you’re eating this sweet fruit ripe, first inspect the color. “A ripe peach has a dark yellow color, or ground color, on the part of the fruit that hasn’t been exposed to the sun,” explains Southern Living. The side that was exposed to the sun should have a reddish tint.
You should also avoid peaches that have dark spots or bruises, or ones that are overly squishy which all indicates the peach is overripe. A ripe peach should have a little give to it when you squeeze it and a sweet aroma. If there is no smell, that typically means there will be no flavor.
Smell: The bottom/butt of the pineapple should smell slightly sweet. If it has a distinct vinegary or fermented smell, the fruit will be sour and gross, so maybe don’t buy that one.
Look: It should appear golden yellow—the more yellow, the sweeter it will be. If it’s yellow on bottom and green on top, the sweetness probably won’t be consistent. Ideally, the yellow will extend to the top, which means the sugar has reached the top. Keep in mind, just because it is slightly green, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s underripe. Just make sure it has some yellow to it. If it looks slightly bronzed or red and has dry leaves, that means it’s overripe.
Touch: The fruit should be pretty firm to the touch but will give slightly when pressed. If it’s got a mushy quality, just say no.
*Important: Pineapples don’t ripen much once they have been picked, so like watermelon, make sure you select one that is a good ripeness.
A perfectly ripe, orange should be juicy and sweet. WebMD says the “best ones have shiny, thin skin and give a little when you squeeze them.” A ripe orange should also have a sweet and fragrant smell.
While most people look for bright orange color, color isn’t always an indicator of ripeness. The source explains some common varieties such as Valencia have a green tinge to them even after they are ripe. So look at the condition of the skin, as well as the aroma for a better indicator of ripeness. The other great thing about oranges is they can usually last for a while, up to 10 to 21-days when stored in the fridge.
Harvesting Ripe Figs
Once you discover that the fruits are ripe, it is best that you harvest them as soon as possible. Remember that they have soft skin so you want to take proper care in handling the fruits.
The best time to harvest fig fruits is in the morning. Before the sun rises high in the sky. This gives you enough time to harvest the fruits and get them to storage before the heat sets in.
Figs are easy to harvest, all you have to do is to handle the ripe fruit with care and pull on it. You should take proper care to avoid bruising the fruit.
You should endeavor to leave some of the stems behind when harvesting the fruits. This helps to reduce the spoilage of the fruits. If you have a tall tree that requires a ladder, you should take caution to avoid injury to the fruits.
We also recommend that you take proper care when harvesting figs. This is due to the fact that some people have allergies to the milky sap that is common on the tree.
Use gloves and cover yourself properly before you get close to the tree if you are allergic to fig sap.
Ripe when: They are also soft to the touch. Their skin should be slightly wrinkled but not shriveled, and most varieties should have a deep brown color.
Look: Most people pick bananas when they have a bit of green on them, but that’s not the ideal level of ripeness (though this is a bit subjective). My sister and I are opposites when it come to bananas—she won’t eat them if they’ve got many brown spots on them at all. She’ll only eat them when they’re all yellow and have a touch of green, usually. This seems to be the norm with most people. I prefer them once they start to get brown spots on them, which is apparently the ideal. When the banana is more green, it’s mostly starch; when it’s mostly yellow, it has little starch and more sugar; a spotted banana is mostly sugar and very little starch. When it gets to that speckled point, it’s easier to digest and tastes much sweeter (which is why you want ripe bananas in banana bread).
As you can see, there are several ways to figure out if various fruits are ripe or not. Keep in mind that based on the type/brand of fruit you buy, these indicators may vary. Hopefully, this wasn’t too confusing. Now, will someone please come over and help me eat all of this fruit?! I think I went a little overboard…
Happy fruit shopping!
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