The best way to check for ripeness [of tomatoes] is with the touch test. If it yields slightly to the touch, it’s at optimal ripeness. Any more than that and it’s past ripe; any less, and it needs a couple more days.

Stop buying under-ripe or over-ripe produce with these easy and extremely effective produce hacks! It’s so frustrating to waste money cutting into freshly-bought fruit only to find that it’s brown, bruised and just can’t be used. It’s the saddest kind of surprise. Luckily, you can save yourself from disappointment by using these simple tricks to choose the best produce while you’re still at the market.

12 Produce Hacks For Buying The Ripest Fruit This Summer

12 Produce Hacks For Buying The Ripest Fruit This Summer

Not-so-optimal produce is actually an easy problem to solve. You just need to know what to look for. Some fruit lets you know they’re ripe based on color. With others, its all about touch. Many fruit, like strawberries, pineapple and cantaloupe, let the world know of their ripeness with a sweet smell.

If you tap on a watermelon, and it sounds hollow, should you buy it? How do you choose a good eggplant? And what about avocado, peaches, plums or mango? It can be overwhelming, but don’t just grab the first one you see and hope for the best!

Here are 12 produce hacks to help you sort it all out once and for all. These will come in especially handy in the midst of summer, when fresh fruit is everywhere:

12 Tricks For Buying The Ripest Produce

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