It was easy for me to visually inspect fruits and vegetables for things that were wrong with them but I would still come home with a desert-dry orange and wonder what the heck did I do wrong?
When it comes to citrus, you want the heaviest lime or lemon or orange… I have a hard time noticing physical sensation so what I do is I put the fruit in my non-dominant hand, in my case that is the left hand. It is much easier to notice because it is more sensitive, probably because it is weaker. Since I started doing this I have avoided wasting money on super-dry and disappointing purchases so I just had to share. I have found this trip also works for melons! A melon is almost all water, if it is light it is going to be dry.
I heard a neat tip for picking out pineapples from Rachael Ray. She said that you look for ones whose “eyes” are all the same size from top to bottom, she learned this at a pineapple farm so they would know! I probably look totally bizarre because I usually sniff the end of the pineapple to make sure that if there is a scent it is more of a sweet than a moldy smell. I also try and gently pull out the leaves, if none come out then it is not ripe enough. Considering pineapples are usually $5 here, I will do anything not to waste my money on a dry and sour pineapple.
Avacados were the hardest for me until I went to a gourmet food store and realized the problem, my store NEVER has good avacados. I can’t tell you how much money I have wasted on my local store’s rotten avocados. Now if I buy an avocado I go to Pete’s Frootique. The last time I bought one there I could not believe the difference, they were all so perfect. Very firm, the skin was tight, they were dark but still had a green hue to them. When I bought an avocado ($1.69!) at the grocery store the cashier literally just threw it in my grocery bag. I almost had a heart attack. No wonder they are all beat and bruised to hell when people who work there either do not understand or do not care about the food.
I hope this has helped you in some way and if you have some tips of your own please feel free to share!