Picking the right Fruit
No matter what season it is, we’re always looking for simpler, cleaner, healthier ways to shop, cook and eat. Brightly coloured produce is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to help boost your immune system. However, grocery store bought fruit often travels far to get to its destination. This makes choosing ripe fruit a little trickier than choosing ripe veggies.The most important tip to remember when selecting fruits is to understand what’s in season. Here are more tips to help with your next fruit shopping:
- First things first, don’t excessively poke, prod or squeeze anything. This will not reveal much about the ripeness.
- Gently pick up a piece of fruit to see if there’s any spoilage.
- Smell it close to the stem end; ripe fruit will have a sweet aroma, while unripe won’t smell like much at all.
- If you can’t tell, see if there is someone who works at the store that can help you.
With summer around the corner, we thought it would help to know what fruits are in season and how to tell if it will be a sweet and juicy purchase:
PEACHES: Use your nose! Peaches should smell typically “peachy” and will give a little when gently pressed. A deeper blush colour is a characteristic of variety, not ripeness. Just make sure the fruit’s not green!
RASPBERRIES: Raspberries stop ripening once picked, so choose deep-red berries, making sure there are no hulls still attached, which means they were picked too early and will taste sour.
BLUEBERRIES: This one’s easy – pick firm, plump berries and make sure to check for signs of spoilage in the container.
STRAWBERRIES: White or green-tipped strawberries have less flavour, so go for berries that are bright red up to the hulls. And size doesn’t matter – ever had tiny wild strawberries? They’re heavenly!
WATERMELON: Ripe watermelon should be firm, feel heavy for its size and have a cream-coloured spot where is sat on the ground to ripen in the field.