In this guide we are going to share with you some tips that you can follow to choose the best fruits when shopping and how to distinguish which are the best quality ones.
It has happened to all of us that when it comes to buying fruits and vegetables we hesitate about which fruit to choose and in the end we touch them a little, but we end up choosing the ones we think we will like the most. Will those be the ones with the best quality?
Let’s see it!
What does it mean for a fruit to have quality?
The quality of a fruit means that it is in its optimum state to be consumed and certain aspects such as freshness, flavor, texture, aroma, visual aspect, weight, origin and season will influence the quality of each fruit.
Buying quality fruit will ensure a more enjoyable eating experience and provide greater nutritional benefits.
Here we are going to see which points we can look at when buying fruits and vegetables.
Observe the color and texture of the fruit
One of the first indicators of a fruit’s freshness is its color and texture. Ripe fruits usually have vibrant colors and a firm but not hard texture.
So examine each piece closely, looking for spots, wrinkles or discoloration, as these can be signs of an aged or low-quality fruit.
The more vibrant the color and the more homogeneous the texture, the better.
Take into account the weight of the fruit
Fruits full of water and nutrients tend to be heavier compared to those that have lost their freshness. When holding fruit in your hand, feel its weight and look for those that feel heavy and dense in relation to their size.
This trick is very useful especially when choosing lemons, seedless lemons and other stone fruits.
The aroma of the fruit is very important
Aroma is a key indicator of fruit maturity and quality.
When you go shopping, bring the fruit close to your nose and inhale deeply. A fresh and aromatic smell is a sign of a ripe fruit ready to enjoy.
Try to avoid fruits with strange or unpleasant odors, as they are most likely no longer in their optimal state and we do not recommend that you consume them.
Is the size of the fruit important?
In the world of fruits, size can also be an indicator of quality, although of all the points we are teaching you, this is the one that can vary the most, since a smaller fruit can also be very nutritious and delicious.
Still, whenever possible, opt for medium to large sized fruits, as they tend to contain more nutrients and juiciness. However, we remind you again that this may vary depending on the type of fruit and the harvest, so keep this in mind, but do not make it the main aspect you look at when doing your weekly shopping.
Check the season and origin
What season is each fruit from? What is your place of origin? You should also know all these data when analyzing the quality of the fruits you buy.
Seasonal fruits usually tend to be fresher and more economical. You will notice that some fruits such as watermelon or strawberries taste much better when they are in season.
In addition, local fruits are often more sustainable and have a lower environmental impact due to a reduced carbon footprint in transportation.
Try to always opt for seasonal and local fruits, although luckily we have many fruits that accompany us throughout the year.
What will be your next fruit purchase?
By following these simple tips, you will be able to choose the most delicious and nutritious fruits for your next shopping trip.
Remember to note color, texture, weight, aroma, size, season and origin. The more you practice, the easier it will be to choose the best fruits for your home and the faster you will choose in the future.
Enjoy a healthier and more flavorful diet!