It's not a secret that fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, microelements and other nutrients that are great for human health. However, to be really useful and healthy, these products should initially be fresh and of high quality. This is where many people face problems. With an extensive choice of fruits and vegetables, which are available nowadays, it is quite easy to overlook the signs of damage and buy those products that are either spoiled or unripe. Both variants are not desirable, because you won’t be able to consume the products you have bought right from the start.

 

If you shop for fruits and vegetables often, there are a few tips you should keep in mind in order to pick only high quality products. Just remember that fresh and healthy products smell, look and feel nice, irrespective of the place, where they are sold. Listed below are the most essential recommendations on picking fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

Tips on How to Choose Fruits

When shopping for fruits, you have to check the way they look first. Take the product you need and examine it from all the sides to make sure there are no signs of spoiling. In most cases, the surface of a fruit should be even, smooth and have rich colour. The next step you should undertake is to press the surface of a fruit a bit with your finger to check whether it is ripe inside. Each fruit feels different, which depends upon its type and sort. Thus, berries, peaches, plums, pears and nectarines should not be too hard. If they are, this means that they are not altogether ripe and need time to ripen well. Citrus fruits, like lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit etc. should feel quite hard, but if they are rock hard, this is a sign of their dryness from the inside. Another thing for you to keep in mind is that fresh fruit should be even in colour and devoid of any dark spots, dents, bruises and other signs of damage.

 

Having examined the fruit from the outside, try to sense its aroma. Fresh fruit have slight aroma that makes your mouth water. If you feel that the product has strong smell, then it may be overripe. Stinky or sour smell, on the contrary, means that the product is spoiled, even if it doesn’t look spoiled yet. While smell may be not too important when choosing berries, it should not be underestimated when it comes to selecting pineapples and melons. The lighter the smell of these fruits is, the sweeter they are.    

 

Tips on How to Choose Fruits

 

Recommendations on Picking Vegetables

 

Some of the fruit choosing tips may be applicable to vegetables as well. It’s very important to pay attention to the smell and general appeal of vegetables. Fresh vegetables always come with saturated colors and nice aroma. They are firm and devoid of any signs of spoiling. This is especially true when it comes to shopping for such popular vegetables as potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, carrots etc. These products should not have any soft areas, when you press their surface. If they do, then this is the indicator of their poor quality, even if they still look appealing.  

 

Are you going to buy leafy greens? If so, then look for kale or lettuce with crisp and juicy leaves, which come with even green color. The leaves should not be broken and torn. Actually, purchasing leafy greens is somewhat easier as compared to buying other vegetables. This is because the signs of spoiling are visible better on them.

 

When you choose fruits, you pay attention to their aroma. When picking vegetables, this sign won’t help you select fresh and quality products. The only thing you can notice here is unpleasant, stinky or rotten smell, which is definitely the sign of a spoiled product.

 

How to Pick Fresh vegetables

 

Trust Yourself

Now that you are aware of the major recommendations that will help you pick fresh and high quality products, do not forget to listen to your intuition. It’s not a secret that many businesses pick and deliver vegetables and fruits long before they are actually ripe. To preserve their freshness and shelf life, they often use chemical substances, wax and other products that may pose harm to your health. The best way to prevent these situations is to trust yourself. Even if a product looks and smells nice and it seems like it is fresh, check its condition twice. If you intuitively feel that there is something wrong with it or it looks suspiciously “fresh”, take your time to ask the sellers, where the product comes from and when it was harvested. The way the seller answers your questions may also help you make the right choice. So, be attentive and trust your senses to make your shopping experience pleasant, safe and trouble-free! Good luck!  

 

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