FRUIT

The How & Why
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FRUIT

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My husband’s favourite…

FRUIT!

Such a simple and delicious natural dessert…

SWEET, fragrant, JUICY and pulpy,

these delicious gifts from nature and are all produced from flowers.

So….what should you look for when BUYING fresh fruit?

Good COLOUR, no INSECT DAMAGE, no BRUISES, no SKIN PUNCTURES or DECAY…

…and for me you can usually SMELL when the fruit is ripe, when I smell the skin of most fruit I get a typical sweet aroma of that specific fruit,

but here’s a little more on what to look out for when buying your favourite fresh fruit:

Fruit Quality characteristics
Apple Firm, crisp, well coloured
Apricot Plump, firm, golden yellow, skin slightly supple
Banana Firm, yellow, no dark bruises
Blueberry Dark blue, silvery bloom, plump, firm
Cherry Fresh, firm, juicy, well coloured
Citrus Firm, well-shaped, heavy, slightly smooth skin
Cranberry Plump, firm, great colour
Grape Well coloured, plum, firm, attached to stem
Mango Yellowish, firm, smooth skin, aromatic
Nectarine Plump, rich colour, slightly soft near the stem
Papaya Good colour, yellowish, unbruised
Peach Fairly firm, yellowish between red areas, plump, peachy aroma
Pineapple Heavy, bright colour, fragrant aroma, slight separation of eyes
Strawberry Good even red colour, firm flesh

STORAGE

A cold environment is best (your fridge) to stop the fruit from continuously ripening and eventually spoiling, except bananas, tropical fruit and citrus fruit.

COOKING

A lot of people like to make jams from fruit but I prefer to eat my fruit raw, and it’s PERFECT for salads as well!

In winter apples & pears can also be baked and added to vegetable dishes or eaten as a warm dessert, and of course added to a yummy cake :)

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Megan Potgieter
megan@mykitchendirt.com

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