Technique: Testing For Ripeness
When fruits ripen, they undergo changes that affect their color, weight, texture, flavor, and aroma
Color - fruits that start to ripen change color, the green chlorophyll breaks down and their colors start to show. They may take on a deeper, brighter color
Weight - a ripe fruit gains weight, a heavy tomato is a good sign of ripeness.
Texture - feel for tender texture, the squeeze test is very useful if the fruit doesn't have a hard or thick rind. some ripe fruits also take on a waxy shine when they are ripe.
Aroma - a full fruity aroma is a great indicator of ripeness