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September 23, 2018

Fall Fruit Picking Guide: How to Select the Freshest and Tastiest Fruits of the Season

What’s not to love about the crisp and breezy fall season? We have the changing hues of autumn leaves, the carved jack-o’-lanterns on porches, a trip to the pumpkin farm with our kids, and those delicious apple pies!

Fall is also a time of abundance for certain fruits, and we’re not just talking about apples. Fall is the perfect season for grapes, figs, and persimmons to come out for harvest.

No one likes a rotten or mushy fruit on their dining table, which is why we’re here to help you out with our fall fruit picking guide! Check it out below!


A Person Holding a Basket Filled with Apples - VeteranCarDonations.orgChoosing the right apples at the orchard isn’t as difficult as many might think.

Pick the ones that are firm and examine them carefully for bruises or soft spots. Be sure to pick apples that are nearest to the outside of the tree, as they tend to ripen first.

You may ask, ‘How do you pick an apple from its tree?” Well, we have this guide for you:


  • Use one hand to hold the branch, with the other grasping the apple.
  • Rotate the apple upwards and twist it in one direction.
  • Never shake or pull down the branches.
  • Place them lightly in a basket or bag.

If you prefer buying apples in the produce section, here are some tips you’ll find useful:

  • Check the color. Red apples are best eaten when their green background is covered by pink-orange or red hues. We also recommend apples with full color, as they’re more rich and flavorful.
  • Perform a smell test. Once you detect a pleasant fragrance, that’s certainly a fresh apple you got in your hands.
  • Examine its firmness. Gently press your finger on a small spot of the apple. If it feels soft, don’t take it. Always choose ones that are firm.


Did you know that pears can be harvested before they’re even ripe? If left on a tree at their peak stage, pears become mushy, making it faster for them to rot and decay. This is why you should pick pears when they are already mature and not completely ripened.

One can identify a fully developed pear by gently applying pressure near its stem end. If you feel a slight softening, that means the pear’s ready for picking. However, if you notice softness in spots other than the stem area, the pear’s already overripe and starchy, so it’s best that you avoid it.


There is a wide variety of grapes to choose from – the Corvina, Oseleta, and Thompson Seedless to name a few. Regardless of their differences, determining their ripeness involves the same qualities: texture, color, stem, taste, and skin.

  • Healthy grapes must be plump and firm on all sides.
  • Sweet grapes tell you that they’re ready to pick.
  • Check the skin. This would differ on each type of grapes. For instance, black grapes must have a rich shade of bluish-black skin; red grapes must be covered with a dark purple color, and green grapes indicate ripeness with a yellowish hue.
  • Check the stem, too. You’ll be able to identify fresh grapes if they’re firmly attached to green and flexible stems.


In order to pick the best figs, wait for them to ripen first. Figs have a short shelf life, usually spoiling within 7 to 10 days of harvesting. With that being said, the sooner you bring it to your home, the sooner you should consume it.

Choose dry and clean figs, and don’t go for one with a cracked skin. If it’s already mushy, opt for another. This also applies to figs that give off a slightly sour odor.


Ripe pomegranates are easy to tell. If you see these characteristics on this juicy fruit, it’s as good as edible:

  • Has a slightly square shape
  • Bright or dark red (Tip: If you have a sweet tooth, choose the ones with a darker and deeper color)
  • Crown is turned slightly inward
  • The heavier, the better
  • Skin is tight, smooth, and without any cracks


Persimmons, called “fruits of the gods,” are best picked during the early warm days of fall. While there are lots of varieties of this golden fruit, the two types most commonly sold here in the US are the fuyu and hachiya persimmons. As both will ripen after picked, it’s a good idea to place them in a paper bag right away.

In terms of quality, choose persimmons with smooth skin. Be careful not to pick those with blemishes, and make sure that the green cap is still intact.

How to Make This Fall Season a Most Memorable One

Beautiful Purple-Skied Sunset - VeteranCarDonations.orgMake it a most memorable fall season not just by expertly picking fruits based on our fall fruit picking guide but by also picking the right charity to donate that old car you no longer need and want to dispose of. If you value the services rendered to our nation by former members of our armed forces, if you believe they deserve our nation’s gratitude for defending our freedoms and protecting our security, then donating that car to us at Veteran Car Donations is the way to go.

We will convert your donated vehicle into a financial resource through auction and use the generated funds to provide impoverished veterans with physical and mental health care, housing, job training, scholarships, transitioning assistance, and many more.

To know more about Veteran Car Donations, our quick and convenient donation process, the tax deductions and other perks that our donors receive, the types of vehicles you can donate, and other related matters, check out our About Us and FAQs pages. You can also call our toll-free 24/7 hotline 877-594-5822 or contact us online for your inquiries.

You can make your car donation by either calling us or filling out our online donation form. We accept vehicle donations anywhere in the United States since we have car donation programs in all 50 states.

This fall as you take note of our fall fruit picking guide, let our veterans know how much you appreciate the sacrifices they made for our nation. Donate to us at 877-594-5822!

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