9. Strawberries

There's nothing better than walking by a strawberry stand and breathing in its intoxicating aroma. As long as a strawberry smells great and is bruise-free, it's good to go. 

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10. Pineapple

You can tell if a pineapple is perfectly ripe by looking at it and smelling it. It should have a golden brown color and should give off a strong, sweet scent. If the pineapple doesn't smell like anything, it isn't ripe yet, and if it smells like vinegar, it's overripe.

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11. Plums

The squeeze test is all you need to pick out perfect stone fruits like plums and peaches. You don't want them to be rock hard, but you also don't want a mushy, overripe feel. A little bit of give is  exactly what you want for the perfect plum.  

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12. Cantaloupe

Even though it is one of my favorite fruits, there's nothing worse than an overripe cantaloupe. Weight and smell are the two most important factors to consider when picking out this beautiful melon. You want it to be heavy and have a sweet, mild scent. You can also gently push your thumb into the stem end. If there is a bit of give, then the cantaloupe is ripe and ready to eat!

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