How to buy fruits

This page shows how to choose sweet fruits without tasting them in a shop or on a market.


First, watermelons should be filled-out with spherical or cylindrical shape. A watermelon that has the shape of an eggplant indicates some trouble during growth---possibly a lack of water. A lack of water will have a negative effect on taste. Second, the surface structure pointed out by the arrow in the image below is a sign for sweetness. Third, if you see a watermelon cut in half, big cracks in the flesh also indicate sweetness.

In June 2010, Trader Joe's in Simi Valley had a blackboard with a nice, concise description on how to pick watermelons.


If you want to buy sweet apples, look for the type of surface structure marked in the image below.

 © Su-Chen Wang and Heiko Hoffmann