Summer

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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Summer

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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Peach

How to select for best flavor: The best way to pick a ripe peach is with your nose. If it doesn’t smell peachy, it’s probably not worth buying. A...
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Okra

How to select for best flavor: Choose small, 2 to 4-inch pods that are a deep green in color. Larger pods will be woody and tough. In addition to...
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