Shopping for delicious and tasty fruit in the supermarket often feels like a scary adventure. There are four important things to consider when choosing fruit: color, texture, aroma, and weight. Some fruits like bananas and apples continue to ripen after harvest. Others, such as oranges, grapes, and strawberries, cease the ripening process once they are picked. Many fruits have a peak season, and others are available year-round. Because of these oddities, it’s important to know a bit about how to choose your favorite fruits at the market.


1. Watermelon

Watermelon, a refreshing summer staple, grows from April through November. The best time to buy this fruit is from May to August. To determine ripeness, consider the field spot, the part of the watermelon that touches the ground while it is growing. If that spot is a creamy yellow, it is ripe and ready to eat. Another way to determine ripeness is to thump the rind, which produces a hollow sound if the melon is ready. Also, the heavier the melon feels, the juicier it is. Watermelon does not ripen once picked, so store at room temperature until sliced, then refrigerate.

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