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It’s In Season – That’s Your Reason!

Nothing says summer like sinking your teeth into a juicy ripe piece of fruit!  Yet, sometimes there’s disappointment when that first peach or nectarine of the season just doesn’t taste quite ripe. How can you tell which is a better piece of fruit when they all look the same in the grocery store display or at your local farmer’s markets?

For most peaches and nectarines, look at the stem cavity of the fruit. You want to see more yellow undertones than green, and see the full red color going deep into the stem cavity.

That piece of fruit is likely a bit riper than one with green undertones or less color. The better fruit should give a little, but you don’t want it to be too soft unless you want to eat it right away (or want to make jam with it).