Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at 12:48 pm
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Some people feel a bit intimidated in the produce aisle because they aren’t sure how to figure out if a particular piece of produce is still good. Here are some quick and easy tips for buying the best fruits and vegetables.
Tops Still Attached
Root vegetables stay fresh longer when they have their green, leafy, tops still attached. Look for carrots, beets, and radishes that still have their stems attached to them. They will taste better than the ones that have had their tops removed.
There is a growing trend called Root-To-Stalk cooking. It involves using as much of the edible parts of a fruit or vegetable as possible. Vegetarian Times has some suggestions for how to use carrot greens in a salad.
Tips for Potatoes
New potatoes (the kind with the red skin) should be easy to peel. You can use your nail to gently rub against the skin of a new potato that you are going to buy. A small amount of pressure should be all it takes to remove a little piece of potato skin. This tip won’t necessarily work as well on other kinds of potatoes.
Look for potatoes that feel firm. The squishier ones might be rotted inside. You should probably avoid potatoes that have sprouted. If the sprouted potato is still firm, it is likely safe to eat. However, it is going to be difficult to peel and you will have to cut off all the sprouts. That may be more work than you want to do.
Gently Squeezed Oranges
Many people assume that the orange with the brightest color is the best one to buy. That’s not necessarily true. An orange that is light in color, or has a green area, might be just as good. It’s color is dulled because it was growing underneath a leaf and didn’t get as much sun as the other oranges.
Look for an orange that feels heavier for its size that you expected it would be before you picked it up. In general, the heavier the orange, the more juice it contains. Give that orange a gentle squeeze. Good oranges should have a little bit of “give” to them.
Tips for Bananas
How soon are you going to eat those bananas? The answer to that question determines what color you should look for. The greener the banana, the longer it will last. So, choose a banana that has some freckles for breakfast tomorrow. Select some slightly green ones for later on in the week.