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2012-08-18 10:45:33 AM
Oh, how I would love to get some ripe strawberries, instead of the "ready to rot" versions in grocery stores that have just come from California to the regional distributor hub to the grocer's distribution hub to the local store. I know at some point in that trip they were ripe.
 
2012-08-18 11:08:29 AM

wildcardjack: Oh, how I would love to get some ripe strawberries, instead of the "ready to rot" versions in grocery stores


I get the opposite. The ones in my store are half white and not worth buying even when they are ubercheap. I think part of it is harvesting and part is breeding/GM. Even the red ones look great but have almost no taste. Same with watermelon. And the white grapes we get are so bad they taste like lawn clippings.
 
2012-08-18 11:17:21 AM
You guys apparently are shopping at the wrong stores. Find a proper local grocer, no not Whore Foods, not the supermarket. Farmer's market not necessary, way too seasonal. Everywhere I've lived there's been a decent grocery. Much less choice, higher prices, but their food actually tastes good and usually the people who work there are nice because they make more than minimum+10c a year.
 
2012-08-18 12:07:55 PM
We have a farmer's market near my apartment ever Saturday. When strawberries are in season, my partner and I head over and just walk through the aisles waiting for something to perk our nostrils. Seriously, there are some perfectly ripe strawberries that you can smell just walking by. When we smell them, we stop, check the nearest strawberries, and get the most pungent.

Then again, I have a huge nose.
 
2012-08-18 12:12:00 PM
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2012-08-18 01:00:40 PM
This is fantastic. There's apparently a California Avocado Commission, and they feel it is necessary to let you know that the microwave will not help your avocado to ripen.
 
2012-08-18 04:24:12 PM
My husband has been killing me with questions about our one little pineapple. Every day, he asks if it's ready. He's like a five-year-old; so excited. It is kinda cute, though. Because of this article, I decided to do a bit more searching and decided it's ready to pick. Yay, our first pineapple :)
 
2012-08-18 10:26:13 PM
I've never successfully bought good avacados.
 
2012-08-19 01:03:31 PM
as someone who worked in a produce department for many years, i'm getting a kick out of this....

yeah, it's true that what's in the grocery store isn't always the best...that's why you have to know what to look for, and more importantly when. if it's not in season and the stuff we are getting is imported or from 3000 miles away....chances are it's not going to be great. good perhaps, but not great.
 
2012-08-20 03:12:00 AM
Use your nose and eyes?

*clicks article*

*Begins RANT*

Dammit so much!
No!
No!
No, you stupid, $FRUIT-bruising farkwits!
$FRUIT is ripe when it smells like a ripe $FRUIT and/or looks like a ripe $FRUIT.
(NB: There is a limited subset of $FRUIT that does not give clear olfactory clues to ripeness - I'm looking at YOU, watermelon.)

/I don't care that your city-born-and-bred grandmas taught you how to bruise fruit: STOP IT!
//You are the reason $FRUIT is so damned expensive, you farkwit $FRUIT-squeezing moran.

wildcardjack: Oh, how I would love to get some ripe strawberries, instead of the "ready to rot" versions in grocery stores that have just come from California to the regional distributor hub to the grocer's distribution hub to the local store. I know at some point in that trip they were ripe.


Have you tried growing them yourself? It really works.
 
2012-08-20 03:14:14 AM
One other small note: You can use a brown paper bag to ripen most fruits.
 
2012-08-20 03:24:40 AM
Pineapples are another fruit that will never ripen after being picked. They will soften but they will not become sweeter or tastier. If they are not ripe in the store, leave them there.

Avocados in the Bay area of California are usually priced more, ounce by ounce for the flesh, than fillet mignon. I have no idea why, other than greedy producers. We also get the the ones that are in the smallest and poorest condition as the good ones are shipped out of state where they can command even higher prices. I have seen displays of small avocados that are mostly overripe and moldy for as much as $1.50 each. I have also heard that the Calavo cooperative, have some California legislators in their 'pockets' that have passed laws to strictly regulate the import of avocados, thus keep the prices artificially high - much like DeBeer's does with diamonds. I have also read that many avocado groves are surrounded by fences topped with barbed or razor wire and are patrolled by armed security guards.

When I was younger I lived in a house with 2 large avocado trees. One of these only provided about 50 avocados a year, but they were round and larger than softballs. The other tree had multiple seasons of fruit per year with an annual production of many hundred. We used to give away 14 inch aluminum plates of them to friends, stack nearly a foot high, The small ones were what the grocery stores now call large. Just a single tree in West LA simply produced more than we could eat or give away.

Avocados are California's gold for the 21st century.
 
2012-08-20 03:29:39 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: Use your nose and eyes?

*clicks article*

*Begins RANT*

Dammit so much!
No!
No!
No, you stupid, $FRUIT-bruising farkwits!
$FRUIT is ripe when it smells like a ripe $FRUIT and/or looks like a ripe $FRUIT.
(NB: There is a limited subset of $FRUIT that does not give clear olfactory clues to ripeness - I'm looking at YOU, watermelon.)

/I don't care that your city-born-and-bred grandmas taught you how to bruise fruit: STOP IT!
//You are the reason $FRUIT is so damned expensive, you farkwit $FRUIT-squeezing moran.

wildcardjack: Oh, how I would love to get some ripe strawberries, instead of the "ready to rot" versions in grocery stores that have just come from California to the regional distributor hub to the grocer's distribution hub to the local store. I know at some point in that trip they were ripe.

Have you tried growing them yourself? It really works.


Umm isn't that what a lot of the article said to do?
 
2012-08-20 04:13:12 PM

maxximillian:
Umm isn't that what a lot of the article said to do?


No, TFA was city-bred morans repeatedly advising others to fold, spindle, mutilate, pinch, gouge, and poke and otherwise bruise $FRUIT. I try to hit the stores before units of the city-bred senility brigade descend on them to destroy and ravage the seasonal fruit I don't grow myself.

Winters are almost unbearable here due to the migration and depredations of snowbirds: They descend on us like locusts, clogging the roads and blocking traffic, overflowing medical facilities, and destroying and despoiling fruit wherever they encounter it. The dastards even make kamikaze runs on farmers' markets.
 
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