Although the name soursop and its appearance are odd, the taste and the nutrition behind this outer skin are priceless. That’s why people who know its value love to eat this fruit. This tropical fruit comes with a sweet flavor even though its name is soursop. But you can experience this tasty flavor if you only pick an excellent soursop fruit.
So, how do you pick the right one? Here you cannot do it as your wish or measure your luck. Because why do you get a risk of losing this mouthwatering. So, first, it is better to know how to pick good soursop fruit. Let’s get started!
METHOD 1: HOW TO PICK RIPE SOURSOP FRUIT
STEP 1: INVESTIGATE THE OUTER SKIN OF THE SOURSOP FRUIT
It is recommended to check the outer skin of any fruit, including soursop before you pick. Because it will help to identify whether it is good or not primarily.
So if you want to pick ripe soursop fruit, it has yellowish-green color. If it is more yellow, the fruit is overripe.
At the same time, you should check the fruit’s outer layer to find if there is any damage, mold, shriveling, or bruising.
STEP 2: SQUEEZE THE SOURSOP LIGHTLY
Before you pick the fruit, always remember to squeeze it lightly because it will support you to get a rough idea of whether the fruit is good or bad.
But be careful when squeezing it roughly. The pressure will cause the flesh to come out. Therefore, it is better to put light pressure on the soursop fruit while keeping it between your thumb and four fingers.
How do you tell whether the soursop fruit is good or bad by squeezing? As you know, when the fruit is ripe, it is soft, and it gives little. Plus, the fruit gives more; it may be overripe. Do not pick that type of soursop fruit. That’s how this step helps you to feel it is good or bad.
STEP 3: SMELL THE SOURSOP FRUIT
Any person is used to smelling any fruit before the cut. Because it is not a secret when the fruit ripens, it emits an attractive smell.
Why don’t you try this step? It is simple and effective. As usual, if the soursop fruit is ripe, it also emits an aromatic smell. Sure, you can recognize it well when you find a ripe soursop fruit.
METHOD 2: HOW TO IDENTIFY UNRIPE SOURSOP FRUIT
If you are a soursop lover, you may already know fruit ripens fast at room temperature. Even though it is possible to slow down the ripening process when storing the fruit in the fridge, it is not much effective.
Because of these reasons, it is recommended to pick unripe soursop fruits and allow them to ripen indoors. That is because soursop growers also pluck the fruit before it ripens.
As they know, if they leave the fruit in the tree until it rips, it can fall and damage easily. But you should pick matured soursop fruit. Because of these reasons, it is wise to know how to identify the unripe soursop fruit.
STEP 1: INVESTIGATE THE OUTER SKIN OF SOURSOP FRUIT
Generally, unripe soursop fruit comes with green color skin. But if it gets matured, it will get yellowish touch slightly. However, we do not recommend picking unmatured fruit with dark green without yellow color touch.
At the same time, you should make sure the picked fruit does not have any marks of damage on the skin.
STEP 2: PUT A PRESSURE ON THE SOURSOP WITH YOUR THUMB
As I above said, you can keep the soursop between the thumb and four fingers and then squeeze it gently.
If it is unripe, surely the fruit is hard or firm. But if it is too hard, do not try to pick it. Because the fruit may be unmatured.
STEP 3: RIPE YOUR PICKED SOURSOP AT THE HOME
Generally, soursop fruit takes about 4 to 5 days to ripen once picked. Unless you have a hurry, leave the picked soursop at room temperature and give it time to ripe gradually.
Anyhow if you want to ripen the soursop quickly, the best method is the paper bag method. You have to put a soursop fruit into a paper bag and seal it properly. If there are no paper bags, you can use a plastic bag as an alternative.
If you need to speed up the ripening process, add ripe apples and bananas, and pears to the paper bag with soursop fruit. Then seal the bag as best you can.
Here the credit goes to the enzyme, namely, ethylene. This enzyme comes up with ripened fruits, and it is a natural gas given off by ripening fruits. Resulting it will be a key to speeding up the ripening process.
However, if you need to slow down the ripening process, you can store the soursop in the refrigerator.
HOW TO KNOW IF THE SOURSOP IS BEST OR NOT AFTER CUTTING IT
Soursop fruit has a juicy white texture. Thus, when you cut the picked soursop, its flesh should be white and creamy. Unless it is creamy or soft, it means that it is not the best one or ripe. However, the flesh is too much juicy with order; check it properly before eating; it may be overripe.
Sometimes the inside of the soursop may be yellow color, and it happens due to many reasons. Therefore, do not try to eat that type of fruit. Keep in mind soursop comes with white flesh, and if your one is different, do not try to consume it.
The flesh of unripe soursop is very tough and grainy.
Another thing is the taste to identify the ripe soursop. Generally, ripe soursop is delicious with a sweet flavor. Actually, it moves the through taste from tangy to sour to sweet. This taste has the ability to remember the taste of apple and strawberry with little citrus at once.
However, the flesh of unripe soursop fruit has a very tart taste!