Picking the freshest produce can be difficult, so I put together this simple guide to picking the freshest fruits and vegetables at the grocery store! Also, where you shop is a factor in freshness. One grocery store near where I live constantly has rotten berries, so instead I buy all my fruits at a local farmer’s market. You can also grow your own produce. The picture for this article is actually of tomatoes from my parents’ garden, which is grown in a pot. More on gardening in another article!
Here are my 6 tips for picking the freshest produce:
1. Berries. It’s easy for mold to hide in a package of berries, so turn the basket over to check for mold. Mushy or leaking berries can be a sign of overripeness or mold.
2. Avocados. Avocados can be tricky, but this surefire way can help you pick avocados that are perfectly ripe and fresh. If the stem covering comes out easily or has already been removed, then the avocado is fresh. Gently squeeze the avocado in your hand: if the skin moves around the top slightly it is ripe. If it feels mushy, it’s too ripe. If it feels hard as a stone, it’s not ripe yet.
3. Bell Peppers. Good peppers should be heavy and smooth. If you shake the pepper and hear the seeds rattle, the pepper is overripe.
4. Cantaloupes. Fresh cantaloupe should have a sweet smell and have a little bit of give on the ends.
5. Grapefruit. Juicy grapefruit should be heavy and firm.
6. Bananas. I always get green bananas, because they ripen well at home and if you get yellow bananas they often turn brown too quickly. If you have too many overripe bananas on your hands, you can just turn them
When you can, shop at local farmers markets for even fresher fruits and vegetables.