How to select fresh fruit

How do you know when a fruit is ripe? Many people are interested in eating more healthily in January. Whether it be a resolution or a lifestyle change, an easy way to achieve that is to add more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet.

Fresh fruit; when ripe, can add color and flavor to any meal. Some people may be trying to live more plant-based for the first time in their lives and as such aren’t really sure how to tell when a fruit is ripe. They aren’t all as easy or subjective as a banana.

Fresh fruit is brighter

Most of this information is about apples but much of it carries over into other fresh fruit like plums, peaches, and even oranges. Just don’t squeeze a nectarine the same way you would an apple.

Sometimes all you can do is bite an apple. After all, the only way to really taste test an apple is to taste it. However, there are some signs to look for when selecting them, that can make your eating enjoyment more consistent.

First, check out the color. Apples that are brightly-colored have received the most sunlight and are more ready-to-eat. This is especially true in red varieties. If you have a winner, check it for firmness. Apples should be firm but have an elasticity to them but should not have wrinkles when you squeeze.

Remember that most produce is good-to-eat when you select it It may be difficult to suss out a good apple from a group of bad but it’s very easy to find a bad one amongst a group of good ones.

Bad apples don’t smell good. Said more directly; fresh, flavorful apples smell good. Some varieties like the Gala have a stronger aroma than other types but they all smell good. Often times at Thirdleaf NW we will open a case of fruit and be gobsmacked by the aroma coming from the box.

We can bring fresh fruit to your office along with other healthy snacks. We deliver and fully stock our products. If you would like to see our service in action, we’d love to provide you with a free trial.