I have always had a terrible time picking fruits and vegetables. A question I always asked myself was "Why is it always so intimidating for me to pick fruits and vegetables. " I think a lot of the reason was I didn't want to waste money on bad produce. This is why I carried a Buying Guide For Fresh Vegetables and Fruits! A long time ago, the ladies from Woodmen Lodge 961 made a cookbook full of recipes, tips, and lots of great information. I started carrying their list with me so I could look at it if I second guessed myself. Experience is your best teacher when you are selecting your produce but I want to share a few tips.
Buying Guide For Fresh Vegetables and Fruits
Berries - Avoid leaky berries and stained containers. Select solid berries with good color.
Avocado - Press gently at the stem. If it is ripe it should not leave an indention. I usually choose dark Avocados.
Cantaloupes - Thick close netting on the rind is best. Cantaloupes are ripe when the stem scar is smooth and the netting space is yellow or yellow green.
Honeydew - They are ripe when the rind has creamy to yellowish color and a velvety texture.
Grapefruit, Oranges, and Lemons - Heavy for size. If they have a smoother thinner skin, they tend to be juicer. Avoid citrus with soft or sunk in ares.
Watermelon - If ripe it will have some yellow on one side. Avoid pale green, they are not ripe.
Asparagus - Stalks should be tender and firm with the tips closed and compact. If the stalks have very little white they will be more tender.
Beans, Snap - Avoid Beans with dry pods.
Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, and Cauliflower - Flower clusters should be close together and tight. Brussel Sprouts should be firm and compact. Dirty and smudged spots may indicate insects.
Cucumbers - Better quality cucumbers tend to be long and slender. Dark or medium green are best.
Peas and Lima Beans - Avoid dry pods. Select pods that are filled but not bulging.
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Shelley is a boy mom, marine wife, and is blessed with an amazing family. She loves sharing recipes, travel reviews and tips that focus on helping busy families make memories.