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Fruit Ripeness Chart



Matt Shirley asks, "What's the most annoying fruit?" According to his chart, it would be avocados. You keep an eye on those things, because there's about a 15-minute window at one point where they will be perfect for eating. He seems to be a bit confused by pineapple, which is understandable. Like all fruit, a pineapple is at its sweetest right before it falls apart. Knowing when that is before you cut into it is a matter of experience. I like to cut them when they are showing quite a bit of yellow outside. Yeah, that means trimming some brown parts from the flesh, but what's left is very sweet!


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"a pineapple is at its sweetest right before it falls apart" - Pineapples do not ripen. It stops growing as soon as it is cut, so if it's cut unripe, then it will be unripe until it rots. The best way to tell if a pineapple is ripe is to smell it. If it smells like a pineapple, it's good. If it smells like nothing or like some indistinguishable plant it was cut too soon. Don't buy it.
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Disagree on the bit about avocados. I find that you have at least two day window where they're pretty much perfect, usually like day 3 and day 4 I'd say. Especially if you ripe the avocado in a brown bag.
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