How to choose good produce

  If you are like me, it's hard and a lot of times, confusing, to go into the produce section of the store, and choose good produce. You poke, squeeze, sniff and stare at the produce, but still just end up picking up one that you thinks looks the best and when you get it home, it turns out to be the worst one! Even sometimes at home, when you've had the produce for a while and you don't want to throw it away, but you have to because you've had it for two weeks. Here are some tips on how to choose good produce and getting the best for your buck!


Leafy Greens

Leafy greens, such as Spinach, Arugula, and Collards need to look very green and not green and brown. If they are wilted, you don't want to purchase those. If they have wilted at home you can use those to sauté. Remember, if they are wilted on the outside, just imagine how they will be on the inside of you. You want to wash only what you use in cold water. To get rid of residue, soak them in cold water and then rinse.


Since a lot of us ladies purchase apples in our households, I will include them. You should know that they can last up to about a month. Look for bright colors whether it's in the red, green or yellow apple. Make sure the texture is nice and firm.


We all love bananas right? You want to purchase bananas with a yellow color with a little brown. You can purchase them a neon green color as well, and they can ripen at home. You want to store them at room temperature, if you place them in the fridge, they will age more swiftly. For old bananas, mash up and use in a smoothie or some yummy fritters.

Bell Peppers

We use bell peppers a lot in my household. Again, you want to make sure these colors are bright and vibrant. No black or brown spots. You can shake them as well, if the seeds rattle then the pepper is old. If you have a old pepper at home you can sauté it!


All the kiddos love oranges. Heck, I love oranges! The heavier the orange is, the juicer it will most likely be. Don't purchase an orange with thick skin and they can last up to two weeks. Use the old oranges for a fragrance around the house!


Yuuum, I love cucumbers! You want to choose the ones that are very hard and the coating is shiny. Avoid the cucumbers that are yellowish-green. They will last about a week in the fridge. Use the old cucumbers over your eyes, for an eye mask!

Here are a few of fruits and veggies, that I think you use mostly in your home. I really hope this helps ladies, when you are picking, sniffing, and squeezing those fruits and veggies at the store! Remember, if you are unsure it's probably not a good buy!

What's your issues on picking out fruits and veggies?




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