June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month
Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 4:33 pm
Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month? This is a great opportunity to get more healthy fruits and vegetables into your diet. Here are a bunch of other helpful ideas to try this month.
Tips for Storing Fruits and Vegetables
The Fruits and Veggies More Matters website has some helpful tips for storing your fruits and vegetables. Some of their advice applies to not only fresh produce, but also produce that has been frozen or canned.
The big idea is to practice the FIFO rule. FIFO stands for “first in, first out”. Make sure you are rotating your stock of fruits and vegetables so that the oldest ones are easiest to grab. This will help you to eat the food before it goes bad and reduce waste. Supermarkets practice FIFO – you can do it, too!
Visit a Farmers’ Market
Some places have Farmers’ Markets every week. Other places, who experience a lot of rainy days in spring, or snow in winter, might only have Farmers’ Markets during the summer. No matter where you live, your best chance of finding a local Farmers’ Market will happen when the weather is nice. June is a great month to find a Farmers’ Market.
One of the great things about Farmers’ Markets is that you can be absolutely certain that the fruits and vegetables that you buy from it are fresh. You also will be buying local, a practice that helps sustain local farmers. Buying local is “greener” than buying food that has been shipped from far away.
Wash Your Produce
It is important to know how to properly wash your fresh fruits and vegetables before you eat them (or serve them to your family). Washing your produce helps remove the dirt, traces of pesticides, and the wax coating that has been added to the produce (to keep it looking nice in the grocery store).
Do not use soap when you wash your fruits and vegetables. There is a chance that you won’t be able to remove all the soap – and that could make people sick. Use clean tap water to wash your produce. You don’t have to use a specialized produce scrub. Clean water works just fine!
How Much Produce Should You Eat?
The United States Department of Agriculture has a chart that shows the recommended daily amounts of fruit that a person should consume in a day. There is another helpful chart that shows how much vegetables a person needs to eat (either daily or weekly). Follow those recommendations might help improve your health.