How to Pick Fresh Fruits

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Choose a firm, symmetrical fruit free of bruises, cuts and dents.  Pick it up.  The watermelon should be heavy for its size.  Turn it over.  There should be a creamy yellow spot where it sat on the ground and ripened.
The National Watermelon Promotion Board

First, look at the stem.  If the stem looks like it is sitting up on a hill, that is an immature mango that will not ripen.  The stem should look like it is sitting in a little valley.  Second, never, ever leave your mango in the open air to ripen.  It will most likely shrivel before it ever ripens.  Cover the mango with a newspaper on your counter.  When it smells like a tropical paradise, it is ready to be enjoyed.
San Diego Union Tribune

Ripe papayas should be as soft as a ripe peach, with more yellow than green in the skin.  (Mexican papayas may remain mostly green even when fully ripe.)  Most papayas are sold firm-ripe and need to be ripened further.  Avoid bruised or shriveled papayas and those showing signs of mold or other deterioration.  Ripen firm papayas at room temperature in a loosely closed paper bag.  Refrigerate ripe fruit in a plastic or paper bag for up to 3 days.
Sunset Magazine

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