Summer Fruit Guide

How to select the best fruit of the summer season.


Pop a few juicy raspberries in your mouth and enjoy a sweet-sour sensation of summer anytime. Delicious unadorned, they’re easily adapted for sweet or savory dishes.

What You Get: Raspberries are a great source of fiber—some of it soluble in the form of pectin, which helps lower cholesterol—and an excellent source of vitamin C. The gorgeous red color is from anthocyanins, an antioxidant.

Shopping Tips: Choose juicy-looking, brightly colored fruit, as raspberries do not continue to ripen once picked.

If the hulls are still attached, don’t buy the berries—they were picked too early and will be sour.

As with all berries, check raspberries often for signs of mold or spoilage.

Storage Tips: Fresh raspberries are fragile and highly perishable. Store them in the refrigerator and use within 2 days.

To wash raspberries, gently spray with a fine mist just before using—the weight of water pouring from a faucet may crush them.

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