When we eat fruits, we wait for it to ripe. However, you should know that there are hundreds of fruit-bearing plants species out there and their fruits ripe in different ways. As an example, avocado and plantain are picked green from their trees and ripen in the storage area. Pears are usually picked when they already reach full size, but still very firm and green. Plums and nectarines are usually picked when they change color, but still firm. When you purchase fruits at this condition from supermarket, it is a good idea to place them in warmer areas of your house and let them ripen for a few days. However, grapefruit, lime, lemon and orange don’t get riper after they are picked from their trees. When choosing pineapples, you should make sure that they have reddish orange or golden yellow color for immediate consumption. They should already have golden color at the bottom, although the upper part of the pineapple is still green in color. However, pineapple is sweeter when all parts of are already yellow. Even so, the yellow color that spread to at least a third lower part of the pineapple should indicate that sufficient sugar formation already takes place.
When buying peaches, you should get best results from late June through early September. When choosing fresh fruits, your sense of smell is a good indicator. If they smell good, they should also taste good. Try to sniff the fruits at the base of the stem to look for the sweet aroma. Apples shoud be at their full size and crispness during early autumn weeks. For many fruits, the rich undertone in color should indicate that they are ready for consumption. For watermelons, check at their underbelly side for light yellow color and slap them. Watermelons are ripe when they resonate through slapping. Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries and strawberries should be picked when they are ripe. For these types of fruits, ripeness is indicated by the color. Red grapes should have deep crimson color, green grapes with yellow cast and purple grapes with near black, very dark hue of purple With all varieties of these grapes, the ripe ones should be plump. The level of freshness can also indicated by the step of grapes.
Grapes don’t last long, even when refrigerated and to ensure that they last the whole winter, you can freeze them. When freezing grapes, you should put them in re-sealable bags. This way, children are able to enjoy frozen, sweet snacks anytime. Chilled fruits taste quite good and if possible, you shouldn’t add any dressing. Delicious dip could be made by mixing equal amounts of fruit-flavored yogurt, marshmallow fluff and whipped topping. Frozen pineapple could also be used for meat-based dishes to give a glimpse of tropical cuisine during cold winter. The enzyme and acid in pineapple could make meat to become tender. Check other ways to use frozen fruits to give more variety in your diet.