To ‘reap the benefit’ is a popular synonym known to us; however do we actually ‘reap the benefits’ from our fruits and vegetables? They are an amazing source of protein and are packed with lots of energy; in order for them to benefit us we should be able to recognize fresh produce. Most of us aren’t aware whether the organic produce we purchase is fresh or not. It is habitual by many, to go to their local farmer or grocery and pick up fruits and vegetables, assuming they will be fresh. But even for grocery stores it becomes difficult to stock fruit and vegetables at their freshest, as they don’t come with an expiration date. Certain fruits and vegetables belong to different seasons and you might not be able to find the quality you are looking for so try to be flexible. You may find the above infographic visualbeneficial to refer to other vegetables and fruits when finding the best organic produce.However, below we have listed a few fruits that are popular amongst us and tips to use when judging how fresh the produce is:
Apart from its various benefits to health, apple is also popularly associated with the ‘forbidden fruit’ through many biblical references. Apples come in 3 different colours, red, yellow and green; they all have nourishing and beneficial properties that benefit us. The first rule to judge whether apples are fresh is to avoid bruised apples. The bruising tends to spread within days, making apples inedible. Next comes the ‘crunch test’, where you hold the apple between your thumb, middle finger and index finger, give it a good squeeze to check how firm it is, firmer apples lead to crispier ones.
In many cultures, over the past centuries, grapes are known as the ‘queen of fruits’. So how do you extinguish from the ‘bad queen’ to the ‘good queen’, you can shop for fresh and plump grapes, by judging the condition of their stems, they shouldn’t be dark or brown. They should be firmly attached to their stems and look out for any grapes that are ‘bleeding’, in other words they shouldn’t be soft, leaking or wrinkled. Grapes also come in different colours from green, maroon and purple.
Melons come in endless variety from cantaloupe, honeydew, casaba, Persian to watermelon, Santa Claus, Crenshaw and sharlyn. A great fruit for the summers since it has a high water content, enriched in Vitamin C and potassium. So for those diet watchers, melons are considerably low in calories, fat and cholesterol free. To enjoy this energy packed fruit look for symmetrical melons, heavy in size and free of all blemishes. To check for symmetry, roll it around and check for its ‘couche’, it is the spot where it rested on the ground, it is identifiable but if not than the melon has matured.
Tomatoes are considered to be the most ancient fruit of the group. Tomatoes round up the base for many sauces in the West and many types of gravy in the East. It is an essential fruit when it comes to cooking and equally essential when it comes to healthy benefits. Tomatoes are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that work great when applied on hair and skin. You can look for ripe tomatoes by judging their colour which is red, green tomatoes are considered unripe. Like all fruits, this also has many varieties, however, as portrayed in our infographic visual, to best pick tomatoes look for slightly soft, ripe tomatoes, skins should be intact and there shouldn’t be any leaking or blemishes.
Further tips and techniques have been shared in the above infographic design by our infographic design agency. Our infographic design agency has tackled the issue of how to judge fresh organic produce in a colourful manner, highlighting key elements when it comes to testing fruits and vegetable for their freshness.
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