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.
Look for dark green to nearly black skin with a bumpy texture. A ripe avocado yields to gentle pressure without feeling mushy.
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.
The quality of an ear can be checked without removal of the husk. The husk should be bright green and tightly wrapped around the ear. Gently squeeze to feel for plump and plentiful
Choose a melon that is heavy for its size and has a hollow sound when tapped. For honeydew, look for a semi-dull exterior, as a shiny exterior is a sign that it is underripe. Canta
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