Summer is peak season for most domestically grown fruit. Because it doesn’t have to be shipped as far before it reaches your fruit bowl, many fruits can ripen longer on the tree before being picked. That means sweeter, juicier fruit. No one likes flavorless fruit, so it’s important to know how to pick sweet juicy fruit once it hits the grocer's stand.
Select peaches or nectarines that are slightly soft to the touch. The skin should be deep yellow in color beneath a red blush. Fresh picked fruit that is tree or vine ripened and in season offers the most nutrition. Other than pears and bananas, most other fruits taste sweeter when they are left to ripen on the tree.
Shop for fully ripe, juicy berries. The same goes if you pick your own strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries. The tastiest berries are those locally grown. Berries should be plump and firm not soft and wet. The skin on blackberries and blueberries should be glossy. Fresh strawberries are firm and bright red in color.
Look for insect damage, especially on melons. Bees smell the sugar in watermelon, so you may notice bite marks on the rind. Watermelons that thump deep are sweet as well.
Use your sense of smell. If the fruit has a sweet fragrance, it’s sure to taste good, too. Stay away from fruit that does not give off an almost perfumed aroma. When selecting cantaloupe, press the indentation where the stem was attached. If it gives, the fruit should be juicy and sweet.
Choose fruit that feels heavy in comparison to its size. This is a good sign that the fruit is juicy. Use this method as a test for apples, oranges, and lemons. When it comes to citrus fruits, those fruits small to medium in size tend to be sweeter than larger fruit.