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Old 07-03-2008, 07:21 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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My apologies if this is a repeat thread.. but just this weekend I was at the store and saw tons of fresh fruit. Since I'm really hitting my "losing weight" program hard, I thought it would be perfect for me to get some fruit and cut it up, so I'd have it to snack on instead of the regular chips or crackers. I got soooo excited right up until I realized I had no idea how to pick ripe/sweet fruit. I know there's little placards above the fruit, but they aren't as helpful as they seem. I also made the serious mistake of asking the guy that was stocking the fruit... a shoulder shrug gave me all the answer I needed.

I guess my question is how can I tell riper fruit from the less rip for the following:

Canteloupe
Watermelon
Honeydew

Thanks!
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:09 AM
 
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For honeydews and cantaloupes, gently press the stem, and if it doesn't "give", it's not ripe yet. If it's a little soft there, buy it,but if you press it gently and your finger goes through the fruit, don't buy it and run like hell.
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Alabama!
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Cantalope...press the blossom end gently and sniff...if it smells like a wonderful cantalope, it's ripe. If there's just a little smell, it's not ripe yet. You can buy it and let it sit a day or two until it's ripe.
Which is the blossom end? It's opposite the stem end, which is the dark green depression.
Honeydew...same, but it has a much more delicate aroma so it's a bit harder to tell.
Watermelon...the "thump" rules. If it sounds hollow, it's too ripe. If there's no reverb, it's not ripe enough. It should make a good solid but not too solid sound.
It's so hard to figure out I just buy the ones that are cut in half - or slices - that you can see!
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:51 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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When it comes to picking fruit don't forget to get your nose involved

Ripe, whole cantaloupes and honeydews emit easily recognixed fragrances and it works great for cut watermelon also.
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:37 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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For honeydews and cantaloupes, gently press the stem, and if it doesn't "give", it's not ripe yet. If it's a little soft there, buy it,but if you press it gently and your finger goes through the fruit, don't buy it and run like hell.
I snorted out loud when I read this one!! lol
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:38 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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Thank you all for your inputs. I'll try these ideas. If they don't work, check your mail, I'll be sending the nasty fruits that failed these tests to you!
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Old 07-03-2008, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Land of Enchantment
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For honeydews and cantaloupes, gently press the stem, and if it doesn't "give", it's not ripe yet. If it's a little soft there, buy it,but if you press it gently and your finger goes through the fruit, don't buy it and run like hell.
Okay...iced tea and computer screens/keyboards do not mix well!
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Old 07-03-2008, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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For honeydews and cantaloupes, gently press the stem, and if it doesn't "give", it's not ripe yet. If it's a little soft there, buy it,but if you press it gently and your finger goes through the fruit, don't buy it and run like hell.
You're such a guy!!!!
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