So what is a fresh fingerlime and how can you recognise it?
Well first it should be able to be snapped like a fresh bean. If it bends and does not snap open releasing the beads then it is not fresh. It may also have been picked after severe heat stress. Temperatures can get as high as 50C in Northern Rivers.
When either cut or snapped open, the beads should begin flowing out spontaneously.
If the fruit is soft and not firm (this may also be at the ends ) it is not fresh
If the ends (tails not stalk end) are soft or discoloured it is not fresh or has been damaged
Fruit the has been frozen and thawed may give all of these issues.
If the fruit is mouldy or leaking beads it has exceeded use by date for sure.