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Quick tips for your top 5 summer fruits

Peaches- When selecting your peaches, look for those that are well-rounded with shades of deep yellow coloring skin coloring under a red blush. Ripe peaches will yield to gentle pressure, particularly along the seam, and give off a sweet fragrance.

Strawberries- Strawberries are picked at their peak and do not ripen after harvesting, so select berries that are bright red in color that have a natural sheen with fresh looking green caps. Avoid strawberries with green or white tips.

Cherries- A ripe cherry is heavy for its size, giving it plenty of juice. It is very important to store cherries in the coldest part of your refrigerator, usually near the back. The cold storage of cherries will help protect the texture and flavor from the effects of warm summer temperatures.

Grapes- Green grapes should have a yellow cast or straw color with a touch of amber, when fully ripe, not an opaque grassy green color. Red grapes should be a deep crimson, not a milky or pale red. Blue grapes should be darkly hued, almost black, not pale or tinged with green.

Apricots- Look for fairly firm, smooth, plump, well-formed fruit that has an orange-yellow to orange color. Store unripe apricots in a paper bag at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight. Once ripe, usually two to four days, apricots will keep for a day, maybe two, if stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

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