Choosing Melons

Selecting Melons

Choosing melons can be an art, but choices can be more  practical when their nature is understood. Generally the quality of the melon will depend on how well they were picked and handled, the manner in which they were transported,  and the length of time in storage. The storage and the environment will determine final outcome of their quality on delivery. 

Since most melons consist of 94% water when fully ripe, this is one of the quickest ways to measurement of ripeness. By comparing two melons of equal size for the one which is heavier, you will have a good measurement of judging which melon is the riper one.  

Please watch the video that follows to understand more about the harvesting of melons. Though you are not harvesting melons, it is easier to understand the process of quality Ham Produce & Seafood considers when you see the choices made when they were harvested.  More details are written below here as to  different types of melons.

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Fresh Avocado Selection

Fresh Avocados

Storage Temperature:  Ripe 38-45 F  Unripe 45-50 F

Fresh avocado selection  is more a science than an art. Though the choice of the perfect avocado can be difficult, a few tips will help to make the selection easier.  Since avocados only become ripe once picked, it is at times random as to the condition they will arrive in when they reach their destination.

Normally you can judge the ripeness of an avocado by touching it to check the firmness.  Though in the USA, there are a few selections available, throughout the world there are big and small avocados along with some which have no pits at all.  Usually though if they are bright green and hard, they won’t be ready to server for a few days.  When an avocado is ripe, the skin will be just a little soft to the touch and the skin will be a little darker.  Many different processes are used to ripen avocados such as storing them at room temperature. To quick ripen Avocado placing them in a bag which helps keep the ethylene gas inside causing it to ripen quicker or place a banana or apple in the bag with it can speed up the ripening.

 

Aguacate / Avocado

Aguacate / Avocado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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