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dear joan,
I am hopeless when it comes to knowing how to pick ripe fruit at the supermarket. Please make it easier for me.
--clueless but willing to learn

dear clueless but willing to learn,

Don't feel bad. I have been squeezing, poking, and sniffing around the produce section with haphazard results for years. I finally decided that I needed to approach my fruit picking with a little more science, so I sought out the advice of the fruit pros at Dole Food Company.

Click here for an easy-to-use chart to help you pick Mother Nature's sweetest.


--Updated: May, 2001