Fruit Shopping And Storing Tips

June 22, 2018

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Summer is full of our favorite fruits!  From peaches to plums and strawberries, the grocery store is filled to the top with fresh fruit. But you may be guilty of one of these habits when it comes to fruit shopping. You might think it makes sense to buy all your fruit underripe, so that it ripens perfectly in your own kitchen and is ready when you want to eat it, but the truth is that not all fruit continues to ripen once picked. While Apricots, avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, honeydew melons, kiwi, mangoes and nectarines continue to ripen (thanks to the production a natural gas called ethylene), berries, grapes, pineapple, and cherries don't continue to ripen once picked, so only buy them ripe and ready to eat. Ugly fruit doesn't necessarily mean bad fruit! If you're picking around the fruit that's misshapen or has a few spots, you might be missing out on perfectly good stuff. In some cases you may get a discount on them as grocery stores might not think you want it. Piling all your fruit together in a fruit bowl may look nice but those fruits that continue to ripen (banana, peaches) are leaching a natural gas called ethylene as they ripen.  The gas can cause other fruits to ripen too quickly. Remember to wash all fruit before you use it.  However don't try and save time by washing fruit before you store it. The excess moisture on washed fruit can encourage bacteria growth and decay, which is especially true with delicate berries.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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