Fruit Picking: How To Buy Fresh Fruit
Don’t let the fresh fruit selection of your local grocery store, or the aisle of fresh fruit at the farmer’s markets intimidate you anymore. Select your fruits with confidence with this helpful guide to fresh fruits. It’s here to help you decide which fruits are fresh and healthy, and which you should leave behind by showing you common traits to look for in all varieties.
|Vegetable||Color||Look & Feel||Extra Tips|
|Apple||Color will vary based on the variety that you’re purchasing||Should be firm and crisp||Will stay more crisp in the refrigerator for up to a month|
|Avocado||Green||Slight gentle pressure will create indent||Avoid avocados with sunken spots|
|Banana||Yellow||Should be mushy with minimal brown spots||Keep bananas above 55 degrees|
|Blueberries||Bright blue color||Should not be mushy or leaking||Do not wash them before you freeze them|
|Cantaloupes||Tan-ish green exterior||The end should give a little bit||These should have a sweet smell|
|Cherry||Red||Firm with stems in tact||Avoid too soft or too hard|
|Grapefruit||Yellowish orange peel||Firm and heavy for their size||Thinner skin will have more juice than the thicker skinned fruits|
|Grapes||Color will vary based on the variety that you’re purchasing||Grapes should be tender and plump||Stems should be green so that the grapes do not easily fall off|
|Guava||Light green exterior||Should yield slightly when gently pressed||Avoid if it is hard|
|Kiwi||Brown||Fuzzy and slightly impressionable||Avoid if when you press gently an indent remains|
|Lemon||Yellow||Firm, smooth and heavy for their size||The heavier the lemon the juicier it should be|
|Lychee||Pink||Rough skin that should yield slightly when gently pressed||Avoid if the skin is green, brown or overly soft|
|Mango||Yellow and Red||Firm but yields slightly when pressed||Should have a fruity aroma when ripe|
|Orange||Orange||Firm, smooth and heavy for their size||The heavier the orange the juicier it should be|
|Papaya||Greenish Yellow or Full Yellow||Firm but yields slightly when pressed||Avoid if overly soft with white patches|
|Peach||Yellow and Red||Plump, firm and fuzzy||Avoid if green as it is likely not to ripen|
|Pear||Color will vary based on the variety that you’re purchasing||Firm but slightly malleable||Avoid if shriveled, dull, or wilted skin as it is likely not to ripen|
|Pineapple||Brownish green body with bright green leafy top||Slightly soft||Should have a fruity aroma when ripe|
|Plum||Color will vary based on the variety that you’re purchasing||Plump, well colored and yield slightly to gentle pressure||Avoid if it is too hard, too soft, or cracked|
|Pomegranate||Color will vary based on the variety that you’re purchasing||Firm and thin skinned||Avoid if the seeds can be felt through the skin|
|Strawberry||Bright Red||Plump and slightly firm and the cap stem should still be attached||Avoid if mushy, leaking, or white patches appear on fruit|
|Sweet Lime||Green||Firm and heavy for their size||The heavier the lime the juicier it should be|
|Watermelon||Dark and Light Green||Firm and heavy for it’s size.||If you tap it, it should produce a resonant sound|
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