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Picking the fruit that’s best for you

A lot of the fruit in grocery stores has ripened and ready to eat. As a result what you buy in the store doesn’t always hold up at home. When shopping for fruit it’s important to conceder a few simple things.fruit-stand-hcc

Once ripe, fruit doesn’t last long. But the life can be preserved if refrigerated.

Avoid fruits with scrapes and especially bruises. These spread rapidly throughout the fruit.

Try fruits your family hasn’t tried before. For example, tropical fruits like mango and passionfruit add variety, color, and excitement to a snack or dessert. Tropical fruits take longer in transit and are often shipped when the fruit is still green. They may soften but are not truly ripened as sugars and flavors have not yet been developed within the fruit. Let them rest in a brown paper bag on your kitchen counter (not the refrigerator) for a day or so.

Pick fruit that is heavy for its size. They are the ripest. I have found that my local Farmer’s Market always has seasonal fruits that keep longer than store bought fruits.

Many fruits are high in fiber. Try avocados, apples, or bananas for a boost of energy and a good amount of fiber. Other fruits are rich in antioxidants. Watch for dark, rich colors such as those you find in blueberries, cherries, or cranberries.

Frozen fruits are great to have around for hot summer days. Add them to smoothies or just blend for a homemade “icee.”

When your family wants a sweet, have fruit on hand! It’s much better for them than candy, pastry, or ice cream. However, if you must have the ice cream then fruit such as frozen strawberries make a delicious treat.

In his book, Detox Diet, Elson Haas explains further why we need to include fruits in our diet.