Shopping for fresh fruit in the produce section of the grocery store requires some experience to find it ready to eat that very day.
I can easily pick up a melon and see if it is ripe enough but not always ripe enough to eat that very day.
When I go shopping for produce, be it a vegetable or a fruit, I sometimes find it difficult because I do not know if that melon or avocado is just right to eat that very same day.
Do you sometimes find a fruit or vegetable that may or may not be ready to eat but might in fact require a few days to fully ripen before having it with your meal? I have this problem. I am wondering if the produce managers in the local stores in the US do a good enough job placing produce out there for the consumer in a way that allow them to make the best choice for buying for that day.
I sometimes pick a watermelon, for example. Then I take it home, let it sit for a day then place it into the refrigerator until cold. When I take it out, cut a piece for myself and my wife to enjoy, that slice of watermelon sometimes tastes like it had been picked too early and is hardly sweet at all! Such a disappointment.
Even worse, some stores in my neighborhood display fruit that is over ripe, and to the point of actually being completely rotten! I don't know if this is a case of laziness on the part of the produce manager or something else, but I find that certain stores have a better amount of produce that is ripe enough to take home and eat that very day but if you are ever in doubt, do not hesitate to ask.
The reason for this post is because I feel that many of us take home fruits and vegetables, thinking they are ready to eat that day but sometimes are quite unhappy when we realize that tomato or melon needs to sit at room temperature and ripen for a few more days before it is just right for eating.
I know there just has to be a standard that the grocery stores follow but what exactly is that standard? Fresh is the word that comes to my mind. Fresh and ready to eat that day. If I am in doubt about this and can find no one to assist me at the grocery store from the produce area, I simply will not buy anything that is in question.
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