My favorite part of summer is the abundance of fresh ripe fruit available. It is so nice to have a variety of fruit available at a reasonable price. For me, this is the easiest time of the year to meet the daily requirement for fruits and vegetables. Remember that a serving of fruit is roughly ½ cup of fruit or an entire medium sized fruit.
We always like to choose the ripest fruit available when grocery shopping but sometimes it would be nice to have fruit that is dead ripe later in the week. Often at AnswerLine we get questions about which fruits will ripen at home and which can be purchased a bit under ripe that will ripen further.
These fruits will continue to ripen at home:
- Honeydew melon
You can speed ripening by placing the fruit into a brown paper bag. Adding a ripe apple to the bag can speed ripening. Be sure to check the fruit daily for ripeness. Wait until the fruit is ripe to refrigerate it. Bananas can be refrigerated or frozen. The peel will turn brown but the fruit inside will remain light colored. You can prolong the life of your bananas with refrigeration.
These fruits will not ripen further after picking. You can store them in the refrigerator when you bring them into your home.
- Citrus fruit
Enjoy the bounty of summer. Remember that you are able to freeze or home can many of these fruits to enjoy this winter.