How many times have you wondered if you should buy fresh fruits and vegetables that are still a little hard, or that seem to be a bit on the underripe side? We know how tricky it can be to figure out exactly which produce to pluck from the bin when you head to your neighborhood grocery. And at Food Town, we’re big believers that it can actually be a good thing to buy fruits and veggies before they ripen completely. Why? We’re glad you asked. Here are a few reasons we encourage buying underripe fruits and vegetables (and some handy tips to help you figure out which ones to grab).
Buying Produce Before it’s Fully Ripened Brings Added Convenience
Because that produce will ripen as the week progresses, it means an extended shelf life — and fewer trips to the store. (Hello, time savings!) This method also provides more flexibility when it comes to planning out meals and putting produce to good use. You don’t have to rush to use those fruits and veggies ASAP — and don’t have to concern yourself with what state that produce will be in once you are finally ready to cook. (In our opinion, there’s nothing worse than buying a full load of produce with a particular recipe in mind, only to find those fruits and veggies wilted and past their prime once it’s time to get cookin’.)
Buying Underripe Fruits and Vegetables Can Be Good for the Environment (and Your Budget)
Food waste is the biggest category of waste thrown into landfills. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that 30 – 40% of our food supply ends up being thrown away. And much of that is on the consumer side, with people tossing out food they bought but simply never ate. (When you think about it, that’s hard-earned money down the drain!) Buying fresh fruits and vegetables that are slightly underripe gives you more time to use them.
So, How Do You Know Which Fruits and Vegetables to Buy?
The tricky thing is, no one tip suits all types of produce. Every fruit and vegetable offers its own indicators of freshness. Yellow areas on a watermelon tend to indicate juicy, ripe insides, for instance, while with pears, the best advice is to “check the neck” for freshness. Here are a few tips for popular produce:
When you’re looking for the freshest fruits and vegetables in town, look no further than your neighborhood Food Town! With fresh produce delivered each day, we do our best to stock high-quality fruits and vegetables that will stay fresh long after your visit.
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