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Tips on how to know when your favourite summer fruits are ready to eat

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Here are some tips on how to tell when fruit is ripe:

Apricots

— In season July to August.

— Apricots should be quite hard when you buy them and will soften over a few days at room temperature.

— When ripe, will be bright orange with a rosy blush and still fairly firm.

Blueberries

— In season July to September.

— Are ripe when picked and should be blue all over when bought.

— Should be firm and sweet-smelling.

Cherries

— In season June to July.

— Are ripe when picked and should be firm when purchased.

Gooseberries

— In season July and August.

— Are ripe when picked.

— The colour gooseberries reach at maturity may differ with variety, but the fruit should be clear without wrinkles or blemishes.

Peaches

— In season July to September.

— Should be firm in the grocery store and will soften after a few days at room temperature.

— When ripe, will be slightly soft when pressed.

— Avoid peaches with wrinkled skin or a green tinge.

Raspberries

— In season July to September.

— Are ripe when picked and should be an even red colour all over.

Strawberries

— In season June to July; day neutral variety is available May to October.

— Are ripe when picked, tend to smell sweet and should be a deep red on all sides.

Watermelon

— In season July to September.

— A cream-coloured "yellow belly" showing the melon matured in the sun.

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