How to pick these 5 summer fruits

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy more fruit. Not only is fruit delicious, but it’s also rich in nutrients and fairly low in calories per bite. Plus it’s convenient—fruit is a great grab-and-go snack—and can be cheap, especially when you shop in season.

In search of a ripe watermelon? Shopping for the perfect peach? Check out our tips for buying and storing summer fruit. (Click here to see the full list of fruits.)

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Berries

  • What to shop for: Bright, plump berries with good, uniform color and dry, clean appearance.
  • How to store: In the fridge in the container they were sold in for 10-14 days (blueberries) or 1-3 days (others).
  • Tip: To prevent berries from getting soft and moldy, don’t wash them until you’re ready to serve.

Watermelon

  • What to shop for: Fruit with a rind that’s slightly dull. A whole melon that’s heavy for its size and symmetrical. A cut melon with deep red flesh that’s free from white streaks.
  • How to store: At room temperature (whole), or in the fridge for up to 5 days (cut and in a container).
  • Tip: The yellower the underside, the riper the watermelon. Seedless watermelons are just as tasty as ones with seeds.

Peaches and Nectarines

  • What to shop for: Firm fruit with no trace of green in the skin. Should yield to gentle pressure when ripe.
  • How to store: At room temperature in a closed paper bag until ripe. Then at room temperature for 1-3 days.
  • Tip: Ripe peaches have a yellowish color with a red blush.

Cherries

  • What to shop for: Firm, plump fruit with a bright red to black color, smooth, glossy skin, and stems attached.
  • How to store: In the fridge for up to 10 days.
  • Tips: To prevent cherries from getting soft and moldy, don’t wash them until you’re ready to serve.

Apricots

  • What to shop for: Uniform golden-orange, plump fruit. When ripe they yield to gentle pressure.
  • How to store: At room temperature until ripe. Then in the fridge in a plastic bag for 3-5 days.
  • Tip: Avoid soft, pale, or greenish-yellow fruit.

Worried about pesticides?

If you’re worried about pesticides, consider buying organic if a fruit doesn’t have a rind or inedible peel. If you go beyond that and buy organic bananas or cantaloupes or oranges, think of it as a present to the planet and to farmworkers.

Just keep in mind that if it’s a choice between eating fruit grown with pesticides and not eating fruit, you’re far better off eating the fruit.

A few examples:

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One Reply to “How to pick these 5 summer fruits”

  1. I just have to protest the reference to organic fruit as being a way to avoid pesticides and for it being environmentally better for the planet. I think that as far as pesticides, organic farming still uses them and about half of them are as unhealthy as the ones used in conventional farming. Also, there are mixed reviews as to whether organic is more environmentally responsible. For example, some organic crops use more space to for the same yield as a conventional crop and they typically cannot use no-till practices for weed control. Now I’m not an expert but I do think the organic industry has an agenda and the significantly higher cost is shaming the consumer that doesn’t have the extra cash to spend when conventional fruits are just as nutritious and safe.

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