The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Fruits Part 2


Fruit mostly ripens due to the release of the plant hormone ethylene, which is a gas. Most fruits will give this off more and more as they ripen and especially in a warmer environment (which is why you put fruit in the fridge if you want it to slow the hell down and stop ripening). Some fruits just don’t produce much ethylene gas once they’re off the tree/vine/whatever, while others get all crazy and ripen in the blink of an eye—I’m looking at you bananas and avocados.

So without further ado, here are a bunch of tips on how to tell if various fruits are ripe or not.

  • Coconuts – Press your thumb against the three “eyes” compared to the hard shell, they should feel slightly soft and dry. In a mature fruit, you should also be able to heat liquid sloshing around inside.
  • Cantaloupes – The stem and blossom ends should smell very sweet and feel tender if you press on them. Tapping it should also produce a hollow sound.
  • Cherries – The stems should still be attached and the skin should be dark and firm, soft fruit means the cherries are past their prime.
  • Tomatoes – Ripe tomatoes have glossy and slightly shiny skin and should give slightly to touch without being too soft. The weight should feel dense and heavy relative to its size.
  • Mangoes – The fruit should smell ripe near the stem ends. It should also be soft enough to keep imprint of your finger when you press on it.
  • Strawberries – If it has white shoulders (the part of berry beneath leaves). Then it was picked too early. Leaves should be dark green and not dried out. The fruit should also smell really good.

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6 Comments Add yours

    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing


  1. Maggie Kuhn says:

    Love loved this post!! I grew up on a fruit/veggie farm and retail shop and always helped people pick out the best fruit for their needs. Little did I know! Thanks for the very informative post 😁

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    1. GS says:

      Most welcome. In the summertime when fruits are plentiful everywhere, knowing the signs of ripeness is a useful skill to have. It’s especially important for fruits like strawberries that don’t ripen after they’re picked and need to be bought at the right state of ripeness.

      For many summer fruits, smell is a good indicator of their ripeness. For peaches, pineapples, cantaloupes, and mangoes, their stem ends should smell sweet like how they should taste. For most fruits, they should feel heavy relative to their weight, which is a good indicator of their inner juiciness.

      Knowing when your fruits are ripe enough to eat is only half of the battle. Once you take them home, make sure they’re stored properly in the kitchen so they don’t spoil before you have the chance to eat them.


  2. gpavants says:


    That all makes sense. I always watched my mom thump watermelons to see if there ripe or not. It was like a sounding.



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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing the tip, Gary.

      Liked by 1 person

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