Summer

Chili Pepper

  How to select for best flavor: When buying fresh hot peppers, choose brightly-colored, shiny, fresh-looking peppers. Avoid peppers that are limp or shriveled. Remember, the smaller the pepper...
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Papaya

How to select for best flavor: The best way to judge the ripeness of papaya is from its scent. It should have a fruity aroma and give slightly to...
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Blueberry

How to select for best flavor: Blueberries are often sold in pint or quart boxes. Always check the box for juice stains, indicating overripe, watery or moldy berries. Also...
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Tomato

  How to select for best flavor: Ripe tomatoes are red and firm. Avoid split or spongy tomatoes. Soft tomatoes are fine for cooking. Tomatoes ripen from the inside...
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Shallot

  How to select for best flavor: Look for large, firm shallots with bulbs about three-quarter-inch thick in diameter. The outer skin should be firm and dry without shriveling....
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Plum

How to select for best value: The best way to tell if a plum is ripe is to smell it. Ripe plums have a delicious, fruity scent. They should...
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