How to Tell When Fruit is Ripe
HOW TO TELL WHEN FRUIT IS RIPE
Sniff the stalk end: a sweet, heady scent means a melon is ready to eat. Alternatively, press the end and see if it gives slightly.
Feel for slight softness.
The centre leaves will pull out easily when the fruit is ripe.
Ripe bananas have yellow skins evenly speckled with small brown spots, and no trace of greenness. Don’t store them in the fridge, or they’ll start to blacken.
The flesh of a ripe avocado pear should feel firm, but give very slightly when gently squeezed. Never push hard, or you will bruise the flesh of the fruit.
• If you don’t need to use avocado pears straight away, buy firmer ones and keep them wrapped in newspaper for a few days in a warm place, such as an airing cupboard, before using.
• You can use a microwave oven to soften an avocado pear that’s still a little hard.