Look for firm, bright fruit free of nicks and bruises. Its shelf life can be extended to up to six months when stored in ideal conditions: between 30°F and 40°F with high humidit
Though they become softer, apricots do not continue to ripen once they are picked. Its skin should be a bright sunburst of orange, red, and gold free of wrinkles, cuts, or bruises.
Perfect berries are plump and very dark in color. Firm, light purple, or red berries require more time on the vine before picking.
Ripe blueberries are firm, plump and smooth-skinned with a mix of deep purples, blacks, and blues with a silvery sheen. Red berries are edible, but sour.
Bigger is better for cherries. Look for large, plump, firm fruit. Refrigeration is key to preserving their taste and freshness.
Nectarines are a variety of peach and are often interchangeable in cooking. When ripe, the skin should have a sunburst color, yield to gentle pressure, and produce a sweet fragranc
Color is a key indicator of a peach's quality. Look for deep red coverage with splashes of vibrant yellows and oranges. The skin should be firm, free of bruises, and emit a pleasan
Select plums with smooth skin, are free of cracks, and are fairly firm, but softer near the stem. A white, powdery cast is natural and indicates the fruit has been minimally handle
A ripe berry should be bright, plump, and dry. Berries packaged in open baskets are less prone to mold.