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Strawberries -Select fully red berries and break the stem just above the berry. Leave the stem attached to berry.
Blueberries - Select fully blue berries and gently roll berries from the cluster into palm. Do not pull berries from the cluster.
Blackberries - Select uniformly black, firm, plump berries that separate easily from the stem.
Peaches - Select fruit with yellow ground color and remove from the tree with a slight twisting motion. Place gently in the container.
Apples - Have grower direct you to the fruit that is ripe or taste for crisp, sweet flesh. Remove with twisting motion. Leave stem attached.
Muscadines - Gently roll grapes from cluster. If the stem scar is dry, the grape is ripe.
Asparagus - Select straight, compact, pointed spears. Snap asparagus spears at lowest point in which they will snap. Trim later.
Broccoli - Select heads that are bright green to purplish, firm and compact. Avoid visible flowers. Head size makes no difference.
Cabbage - Select heavy heads with uniform color. Avoid plants that are split, wilted or have discolored veins.
Carrots - Select firm, well-formed, smooth, bright orange carrots with healthy tops.
Corn - Have grower direct you to the corn that is ready to be picked. Select ears with firm tips and brown silks. Avoid dented kernels.
Tomatoes - Choose fruit with good color that are firm and plump. Size makes no difference, but the tomatoes should be heavy for its size.
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Horticulture Specialist, Clemson Extension Service
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