Five helpful steps to selecting and buying fruit
By: Beth Shiller
Its one thing to want a healthy lifestyle, it’s another to actually have a healthy lifestyle. And that starts with the foods you pick!
Yes, an apple is better than a chocolate bar, but that’s only true if you know what you’re looking for.
It’s important to pick out fruits that are in their peak of ripeness. Here’s five ways to tell if fruit is ripe, and all you need are your senses!
1. When picking out fruit, its ok to hold and feel them. If the fruit feels heavy for its size, then its good to get.
2. Bruising and soft spots should be avoided. Most fruits should be firm with the exception of figs and kiwi, which should be slightly soft.
3. Smell is very important. If a fruit is spoiled or rotten, you’ll be able to tell because it smells awful, usually horribly expired produce will not be on the shelves. But if it has a fruity smell, it’s a good thing.
4. Color should be deep and vibrant, you wouldn’t want to eat a brown lemon would you? Color doesn’t really help with melons, but for berries and apples, plums and peaches; color is important.
5. Bananas are the specialty fruit. If you plan on eating it right when you get home, go for the yellow ones. But if you are going to wait a few days, get the green ones so they can ripen at home.
Keeping a healthy lifestyle is hard, but knowing the signs of ripe vs expired fruit can make it a little easier.