Eating fruit is one of the best ways you can help yourself and your family stay healthy and have enough vitamin C in your diet. Fruit is also a good snack to quell that sweet tooth without reaching for candy or baked goods that are full of processed sugar. When stocking your kitchen, keep these tips for buying fruit in mind.
Cantaloupes are ripe when the stem scar is smooth and the space between the netting is yellow or yellow-green. Thick, close netting on the rind indicates best quality. Look for fully ripe with a fruity odor.
Watermelons are not ripe if they have white or pale green on one side. Look for yellow color on one side.
Honeydews should not be whitish-green. Look for the rind to have a creamy to yellowish color and velvety texture.
Avoid stained containers indicating wet or leaky berries. If you see clinging caps in blackberries and raspberries, they may be unripe. Strawberries without caps may be overripe. Go for plump solid berries with good color in general.
*Bananas Purchase slightly green and allow them to ripen at room temp. The skin should be free of bruises and black or brown spots at the store.
*Oranges, Lemons and Grapefruit
Oranges with a slight greenish tinge may be just as ripe as fully colored ones. Lemons with light or greenish-yellow color are more tart than the deep yellow ones. Avoid citrus showing withered sunken or soft areas. Go for those heavy for their size. More juice is usually in ones with smoother, thinner skins. Most skin markings do not affect quality.