To get the best tasting fruit this summer, go to a U-Pick or farmers market.
Now that it is officially the summer season, it is time for a new harvest of fruits and vegetables! With warmer climates, the best fruits to eat are berries (blackberries, blueberries, cherries, etc) as well as fruits that contain a hard seed in the middle (also known as drupes or stone fruits) such as peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, and apricots.
To pick the best blue and blackberries, be sure to look for ones that are not shriveling up or wrinkly. Ideally the best blue and blackberries should be rich in deep color. Blackberries do not ripen after being picked, but blueberries can if they still have a reddish-tint.
As for cherries, the key to eating the freshest ones is also to focus on the firmness of texture and the color of both the stem and cherry. The stem should be a green (as opposed to a faded brown) and the cherry itself should be a bright red (not a dark one). For the case of stone fruits, be sure to check the firmness of texture by squeezing the fruit. If it is soft, they are good to eat right away. Conversely, if the fruit is firm, it is best to be stored away for a few days to ensure they will be sweet and ready to eat.
For vegetables, spring vegetables can last throughout this season such as asparagus, artichoke, peas, and rhubarb. Many vegetables are good for eating and shipping, but tomatoes are an exception since they cannot withstand the upcoming cold fall months and start withering away by the end of July.
Be sure to check out your local farmers market or local gardens for the freshest fruits!
Check out this article out for more specific details on other fruits and different recipes for eating them this summer!