Summertime is here and along with warm weather, the growing season is in full force. Fresh produce is widely available locally, everything from tomatoes to strawberries, bell peppers to blueberries. Fresh fruits and vegetables offer many dietary benefits, as well as tasting great. The problem of picking out fresh produce is knowing when is the perfect time to buy. Good Housekeeping has created a list of various fruits and vegetables to help determine what is fresh and what should be avoided.
Fresh signs: Uniform golden color; firm to the touch
Signs you shouldn’t buy: Pale yellow or greenish-yellow color; rock hard or very soft; shriveled
Fresh signs: Delicate aroma; yellow-tinged skin; thick texture on the rind; no stem
Signs you shouldn’t buy: Pronounced yellow rind; very sweet, pungent aroma; soft rind
Fresh signs: Average to large size; smooth, shiny surface; new-looking stems
Signs you shouldn’t buy: Shriveled, dried stems; dull sheen