Fruit With Flavor

Choose the tastiest fruits

We have all experienced the disappointment of biting into a beautiful piece of fruit to find that it is tasteless. We choose the best looking fruit only to take it home and be disappointed!

Today I ate a mango that was perfect in taste and texture. In addition, I enjoyed a peach that was juicy and sweet, just like a peach should taste.

There have been many times over the years when I took one bite of a fresh piece of fruit only to toss it in the trash because it was tasteless and grainy. Yuck!

How To Choose Fruit

Someone shared a secret with me several years ago that has helped me to purchase a better quality of fruit. Changing grocery stores was not the answer. Changing my selection process was necessary for my success.

There are a few basic principles to always consider when choosing your fruit. Is it the season for the fruit? In our stores today, we have fruit imported from various parts of the United States and other countries. This allows us to have fresh fruit for longer periods of time during the year. If you are unsure about the origin of the fruits, ask your grocer.

Is the fruit bruised? Don't buy it. In the grocery store just yesterday, an entire display of peaches were severely bruised. The peaches were ripening and the shippers probably threw the fruit into the bins, causing the bruises. Whatever the cause, bruises will create bad fruit. Look carefully to determine the condition of the fruit. Darker colors on the fruit usually signify bruising.

Once you have located a desirable piece of fruit, use your most valuable tool, your nose. Smell the fruit. If it smells like a peach, it has flavor. If it is odorless, it is most likely tasteless. You will find that fruits emitting a flavorful odor will be a tasty treat.

Now you know my secret about purchasing fruit. A side note, not all fruits have an odor that can determine the sweetness of the fruit, bananas being one of them. Use these methods whether shopping with your local grocer or at a farmer's market. Use it where you can and have a successful shopping trip!

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GiftedGrandma 5 years ago from USA

Once you've tasted good fruit you are very let down and disappointed when you buy something bruised or no flavor.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

Thanks for the advice. I love when fruit tastes like what I anticipate. A few years back I went to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico and couldn't believe how good everything tasted. Every strawberry was bursting with strawberry flavor - better than the best I've had in Illinois. The guacamole was overflowing with the flavor of avocado - nothing like I had experienced before. This was the case for almost every fresh piece of fruit or vegetable I ate. My mouth is watering just remembering. Thanks for your tips. Hopefully, I can find better fresh foods that compare to what I had on that trip. You've got my "Vote Up!"


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Very good tips for buying fresh fruit. We go to the farmer's market for fruits and vegetables about every other week. Great hub. Rated up and useful.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Love farmer's markets~


Marie Kirchner 5 years ago

Good to see you back. Very helpful advice.

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