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How to Pick the Perfect Produce

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Did you know that June is fresh fruit and veggie month?  I have seen countless photos on my social media timeless of my friends out picking fresh berries and fruits.  Sometimes picking fruit is pretty obvious. I mean, no one wants a smushed (according to spell check, smushed is not a word.  I’m still going with it 😉 ) strawberry or a bruised apple, but sometimes, it’s hard to know if the produce will taste great when you get home or not.  So how do you know if a particular fruit or vegetable is going to be good? Well, there are some tips that will help us decide if something is ready or not.

Here is a list that you can follow to help you pick the perfect produce:

How to Pick the Perfect Strawberries

  • Strawberries should be firm and plump
  • Avoid mush like berries or signs of mold.
  • Skin should be a deep red shade

How to Pick the Perfect Blueberries

  • Blueberries should be firm
  • Berries should be the same color
  • Shake the container that the berries are in, if the berries stick to the bottom, put them back.

How to Pick the Perfect Raspberries

  • Raspberries should be firm and plump
  • Uniform in color
  • Not mushy or moldy

How to Pick the Perfect Blackberries

  • Blackberries should be plump and firm
  • Dark, uniform color
  • If you are picking berries straight off of the bush, they will easily come off if they are ripe.

How to Pick the Perfect Watermelon

  • The watermelon should always feel heavy for its size
  • There should be a hollow thud when you thump the melon with your fingers
  • The yellow spot (where they have laid on the ground) should be creamy yellow

How to Pick the Perfect Cantaloupe

  • Like the watermelon, a cantaloupe should feel heavy for its size.
  • It should smell sweet, yet slightly musky
  • The rind should look raised netting

How to Pick the Perfect Honeydew

  • A honeydew should be a pale yellow color, avoid green honeydew melons as those are not yet ripe
  • It should also have a dull appearance.  A shiny appearance indicates that it is not yet ripe

How to Pick the Perfect Pineapple

  • A pineapple should be firm to the touch
  • The leaves on the crown should be green

How to Pick the Perfect Coconut

  • A Coconut is another fruit that should be heavy for its size
  • Any sign of wetness or mold on the outside are a bad sign

How to Pick the Perfect Spaghetti Squash

  • Spaghetti squash should again, be heavy for its size
  • Look for a rind that is dry and has no cracks or soft spots

How to Pick the Perfect Acorn Squash

  • Acorn squash should have a good combination of green and orange color in the rind
  • Should be heavy for its size
  • Rind should be dull without any cracks or soft spots

How to Pick the Perfect Butternut Squash

  • Butternut squash should be beige in color
  • Avoid butternut squash that has any brown spots or deep cuts

How to Pick the Perfect Avocado

  • The perfect avocado is dark green
  • Yields to slight pressure

How to Pick the Perfect Broccoli

  • Broccoli should have bright green heads
  • Stems and stalks should be very firm.  If you hold the broccoli up, the stalks should not droop
  • Look for tight clusters of the florets, if they are more open that means they are past their prime

How to Pick the Perfect Cauliflower

  • Cauliflower should be a creamy white color
  • Look for tight clusters of the florets
  • No brown spots or wetness
  • Make sure to smell for any musky or moldy odors

Now that you have picked out the best produce, check out some of the tasty recipes you can make with them:

Refreshing Blackberry Iced Tea

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Refreshing Strawberry Iced Tea

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