help i have fruity issues!!

@Sissygrl (10915)
Canada
April 25, 2009 10:30am CST
I really enjoy fresh fruit, but anytime i go to the grocery store, i just can't pick a ripe fruit unless its an apple or banana!! this is especially true with pears, and those darn melons! Does anyone have any top secret tips to help me in my quest to find the ripe fruits i SO enjoy!? ps. i love pears.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Apr 09
I love pears too! I tend to like them a little on the hard side, so I just buy them firm and anything after that is fine with me for a few days. Cantellope, I go by firmness and smell the spot where it was attached to the vine. If I can smell the melon it is overripe for me. Watermelons I just buy them cut in half so I can see them. Not sure if any of this helps.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Apr 09
You are thinking antelopes........ get your head out of the savanna.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Apr 09
You're on a roll tonight!
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Apr 09
*hands Scoop a napkin*
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
At this time of year it is hard to buy fruit that is ripe. You need to buy it and let it sit on your counter for a few days for it to ripen more. And that is if it will ripen more as some fruits need to be on the plant to enable it to ripen. I have the same problem as you and I don;t want to wait for it to ripen, or go bad first. It is quite frustrating. So these days the only fruit I have been buying is bananas and apples and oranges. I bought some pears and some strawberries about a week ago and ended up throwing them in the garbage as they went rotten before they could ripen. And most fruits are so expensive these days its a real shame. Well, good luck with your fresh fruit hunting. I, personally, will wait till June before I buy anymore fruit other than my bananas and apples and oranges.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
lol i just dont like to have fruit on the counter.. i even keep my banana's in the fridge.. i take out one or two in the morning and wait for it to warm up, but any other fruit i want to eat it COLD. i love COLD JUICEY FRUITS!
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
And your bananas don't turn black from being in the fridge? I put my bananas in the fridge once, about 30 years ago, and they turned black within an hour so I don't ever put them in the fridge anymore.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Bananas are funny things... their skins are so sensitive! When my kids were young, I'd "write" their name on a banana with the handle of a spoon or something and, by the time they opened their lunches, their names would be very dark and easy to read. They loved showing off their very own personalized bananas. LOL
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
I've never come across ripened pears at a grocery store EVER. I think the only way to deal with them is to have a store of paper bags in the house, and put them in them for a few days, just before you're ready to eat them. As for melons, I only ever get watermelons, and I've never had issues with them. I can't wait for the big ones to be out in the stores for nice and cheap soon!
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
haha watermelons are pretty good. but i'm not that into them anymore. i bet my kids will love them in the summer time.. myself i like the honeydew melons.. and cantaloupe for melons.. but i love my pears, and i try to find the ripe pear.. yo know the one.. with the spot of redish on the side.. blah. hehe. have you ever tried the asian pears ? they are pretty good too.. expensive, b ut good, and VERY JUICEY you need a towel wrapped around your wrist to eat them hahhehee.
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
26 Apr 09
I haven't eaten a pear in YEARS. I don't know why I haven't thought to buy them. Hmmm... it's likely because I'm always too busy buying lots of bunches of bananas. lol.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
26 Apr 09
Hey Sissy! I am not that great at picking ripe fruit either! In fact I usually pick melons that aren't ripe when I get them so that they can take their time to ripen! As for pears, if they aren't ripe when you get them they don't take that long to be ready to eat! If you ever want to speed up the process of ripening just put them into a paper bag! That will speed up the ripening process!
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
26 Apr 09
my mom always puts anything she wants to ripen in the sunlight.. why the bag ? more than one of you have mentioned the bag.. but i'm not getting the reason.
@PrarieStyle (2495)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Nothing like paying 6.00 for a Pineapple only to get it home and cut it to find out it's not ripe. I found out that if the center leaves in the top of Pineapple pull out easily, it's ripe. Cantaloupe, all you have to do is find the round part where the stem came off. Scrape it a little and if it smells like cantaloupe it's ripe. Other than that, just wait 3 or 4 days before you eat them and they should be ripe. Or, if you havn't tried the bags of pre cut frozen fruit, they are very good.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
I have. but do you eat them still frozen or do you thaw them ? cause they hurt my teeth frozen!! and i thought they might get really mushy thawed..
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I only know that you are supposed to knock on a melon to see if it's ripe or not...if it sounds hollow it's supposed to be ready to be eaten...past that I don't know much about fruits!
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
*sigh* fruits are so much more complex then veggies. lol
• United States
25 Apr 09
cantalope...matt squeezes them and smells them. And if they are a lil squishy and smell like a melon then they are ride i guess. I dont eat pears so I dont know how to tell if they are ripe or not. Maybe its holds true to those to..squishy and smell like a pear? lol
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
lol what else would a melon smell like ? please ask him and let me know.. would it smell like wet dog ? dirt ? raisins ?
@kellyt82 (204)
• United States
25 Apr 09
You can always try putting pears in a brown paper bag or wrapped in newspaper. They seem to ripen faster this way. You can also put a ripe apple or banana in the bag- it seems to make it ripen even faster.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
really ? an apple helps to ripen a pear ? someone else said that too and i seriously thought they were pulling my leg..
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Pears need to "give" a little when yo squeeze them with your thumb. Those are the ripe ones. For melons, you have to push on the spot where they were attached to the vine. If it gives a little, it's ripe. Some people use the old "thump" test, kinda knocking on the melon to hear the resonance but I've never been able to handle that method. If it gives, just a little, where it grew from the vine (the belly button, I call it) it's ripe. Cantaloupes are easier... the webbing on the skin should be tan, not green. In a few months, you should come on over... I have pear trees planted. I planted them 2 years ago and I just MIGHT get some fruit this year!
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
lol i think you and i would actually get along well! thanks for the advice about the friuts of my life lol
@LifeGuru (923)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
If you like watermelons, knock on them and if they sound hollow then they're ready to eat. Strawberries if you're not allergic to them are a great choice if you like to pick out fruits. Just pick pears if you love them. Other than that, look up methods online where you can search methods on choosing ripe fruits that are ready to eat. :D Nice Draik from Neopets by the way. :p
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
25 Apr 09
thank you.. i had no idea what it was when i picked it.. i just choose it from a avatar site cause i love cute little dragons ;)
@celticeagle (119215)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Apr 09
I always smell the fruit first. Then I check it for firmness or softness depending on what it is. With pears it would be softness. With melons you want one that smells like it is ripe and the end where it was taken from the vine is clean and not ripped as if it were unripe and torn. If they are too mushy they may be over ripe and may not last long.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
26 Apr 09
farmers market in August may have good pears, other than this, you are not going to have good luck, because most fruits are delivered to the market when green...
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Hi, Sissygirl! You can try to buy pears that don't have any bruises or knicks that would look like the pear is rotten. And you can try to find pears that are firm and strong. Make sure that the green coloring of the pear is not too pale. My best bet of my choice would be to buy pears that are bagged up. I prefer to have pears that are not open out in the sight made visible. That way, you won't have to worry about the pears being touched by many people. I hope that this helps!
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@cobra1368 (704)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I've never had a problem with pears - but I shop at Whole Foods for my produce that I don't get through my CSA. Their produce is usually pretty good. As for things like cantaloupe and honeydew melons, they should be heavy for their size (heavier than they look). They'll all be about the same size, so just pick up a few until you find one that you think is the heaviest, and that one is your best bet!