Here's why buying the ripest produce isn't always best
Choosing peaches that are still firm can be the best plan. (David Karp) We all want to shop for the ripest fruit we can find. Or do we? In some cases, the ripest fruit is not the best buy. In fact, in some cases it should be avoided To understand why, we first need to delve into the complexities of ripeness and maturity. And while we're at it, let's think a little about climacteric fruits. Advertisement Ripeness and maturity are separate but linked processes. Think of it this way: Maturity is when the fruit has assembled all the building blocks necessary to create flavor; ripeness is the process by which those blocks are assembled into something greater. When fruit is maturing, it's developing sugar as well as all the chemical compounds that will…
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