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.



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Where can I buy Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce?

You can buy Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce at the Products page of our website or visit Where to Buy to find one of our many locations.

 My son/daughter has some food allergies, is Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce safe for him/her to eat?

Yes, Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce products are made free of the top eight common allergens, including milk, egg, wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish.

Do you use chemicals to remove peels from your apples?

No, Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce does not use any chemicals to remove peels from our apples.  

 How long can I store Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce?

Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce can last up to 2 years unopened.

Opened applesauce will stay fresh if refrigerated for a recommended 30 days.

Is Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce pasteurized?

Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce is processed by heat before sealing to prevent spoilage.

Is Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce Kosher?

No, Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce is currently not Koser certified. However, we will be soon in the future.

Where is Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce made?

Our applesauce is handmade in small batches at The Cleveland Culinary Launch Kitchen in Cleveland OH, USA

What may cause mold to appear in damaged jars?

If a top becomes damaged and the product becomes overly exposed to air, it is possible for mold to develop because Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce is all-natural and preservative free.

What kind of mold could grow in preservative-free fruit?

The mold that might occur is a common food mold, similar to what can happen with fresh fruit that has been overly exposed to air.

What should I do if I think I see mold in my product?

If you think that you see mold in your applesauce, do not consume the product. Hang on to the jar, and call us at 216-618-5043 or email us at so that we can help you.

Contact Us for any more questions/concerns.