Guide To Buying Vegetables

Now, I'll share about simple tips on how to buy vegetables. Before we buy vegetables, please check the characteristic and the freshness such as bright, crispness and lively color. As we know that vegetables are usually have the best price and the best quality in the peak of their season. With good preparation and some creativity, we can turn the vegetables as special as occasions, beside as everyday meals. Please enjoy the tips below.

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Cucumbers

Should be firm, fresh, bright, well-shaped, of good color. Avoid withered or shriveled cucumbers with are tough , rubbery, and bitter. Puffiness and dull color indicates over -maturity and toughness. These, however, are suitable for pickling. Irregular dark, sunken areas indicate decay.

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Dandelions

Best quality is large, tender-leave, and fresh. Wilted, flabby, yellow, or tough leaves indicate are or damage and are wasteful.

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Eggplants

Best qualities are heavy, firm, free from blemish, and of uniform dark color. Wilted, shriveled, soft or flabby condition indicates age, poor handling, or staleness, and consequently poor flavor or bitterness. Worm injury is self-evident, can usually be cut away. Dark-brown spots on the surface indicate decay.

Garlic

The bulb has a number of cloves, each in its own skin, and all enclosed in an outer skin. If the outer skin is split, the bulbs are called "splits" or doubles. There is no different are in quality. Garlic is usually sold in strings of 50 or 100, in red or white varieties. They should be dry, clean, not soft, with outer skin intact. Decay may appear in the form of mold or rot. Dry root causes shrinking and shriveling and works downwards.

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Greens

Beet tops, broccoli, chicory, collards, cress, dandelions, endive, escarole, kale, mustard, sorrel, spinach and turnip tops are available on most markets. They should be clean, fresh, young, green and tender. Flabby or wilted plants indicate age or damage. They may sometimes be restored by trimming and placing them in water. Seed stems indicate age and toughness.

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Kale

Color is usually dark or bluish green, clean and fresh. Brownish appearance may indicate growth in cold weather, but does not affect quality. Avoid plants with yellow or wilted leaves as wasteful.

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Lettuce

Four varieties are marketed-crisp head (Iceberg), butted head (Big Boston), romaine, and leaf lettuce. Crisp heads are firmer, larger, and crisper than butter heads. Romaine is elongated, has a coarser leaf and a stronger flavor. Leaf lettuce does not head, has curled or smooth leaf and a crisp texture. Head lettuce should be fresh, crisp, tender, and firm to hand, with only a few wrapper leaves, and free from decay. Lettuce with well-developed seed stems at the knob the head usually has a bitter flavor and is wasteful. Dead or discolored areas on the outer leaves may indicate decay. Sometimes a soft rot penetrates to the interior of the head. Broken, ragged, bruised, or wilted leaves usually do not affect quality. Even decay, if not deep, may be removed by trimming.

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Mustard

Greens should be fresh, tender, crisp, and of good green color. Wilted, dirty, discolored, or spotted leaves indicate poor quality, are usually wasteful. Seed stems indicate age and toughness.

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Okra (gumbo)

Pods should be young, tender, fresh, clean, and of small-to-medium size. They should snap easily when broken, be punctured easily. Pods past their prime are dull, dry, hard, woody, fibrous, and the seeds are hard. Those that have been held too long are likely to be shriveled and discolored.

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Onions


Two general classes are sold: Bermuda and Spanish (Valencia) types; and domestic American type.

The Bermuda is a flat type, in white, yellow, and red varieties. Popular size are 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 inches in diameter.

The Spanish type is large, mild, sweet, and either white or yellowish brown. It is usually globular but may be oval in shape.

Domestic Onions are globular, may be yellow, red, white or brown. They keep well and are available year around. White varieties are mildest.

"Boiler" is a small-sized onion, 1 to 2 inches in diameter, either are Domestic or Bermuda. Those under 1 inch, particularly white ones, are used for pickling.

All onions should be bright, clean, hard, well-shaped , with dry skins. Where seed stems have developed (accompanied by thick, woody stem) they are undesirable. Rot may attack either the outer scales or the center scales. Moisture at the neck is an indication of decay. Misshapen onions (usually splits) tend to be wasteful.

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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South

Great looking veggies dear friend and some great tips on getting the freshest! I love all you have chosen. Up and sharing!


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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

great tips my friend... I buy some of these veggies and your tips helps voted up and useful :)


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Vellur 22 months ago from Dubai

Great tips for buying fresh vegetables. The fresher the better.


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vocalcoach 22 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I will refer to your buying guide when purchasing these vegetables. Good looking photos. Thanks for these tips, Pras.

Hugs,

Audrey


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Just Ask Susan 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Excellent tips on buying vegetables and what to look for.


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i always have problem choosing the okras. Thanks for the tips


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

As always a great hub with lots of great information for the cook! Thanks!


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dahoglund 22 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Very informative hub about choosing vegetables. I am buying more fresh produce now in order to avoid sodium from canned foods. useful, beautiful and sharing.


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Jackie Lynnley. Thanks for coming and I am glad you love the tips. Happy cooking!


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Frank Atanacio. I hope this hub useful for you. Thanks for the vote. Take care!


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Vellur. Thanks for stopping by. I agree with you that something "fresh" is much better. Have a good day!


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Audrey (vocalcoach). I am glad to know this hub useful for you and I hope this hub useful for everyone. Thanks for the vote and shared this hub. God bless you!

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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Just Ask Susan. Good to see you here. Take care!


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, peachpurple. Thanks for coming and I hope you can choose the best okras for cooking. Cheers :-)


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Lady Guinevere. Thanks for your attention and your support to this hub. See you :-)


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

My uncle, dahoglund. I am so happy reading your comment. You have the best choice for the fresh product, like veggies. Without any preservatives and coloring. I really appreciate your vote (useful, beautiful and sharing). I hope God will repay your kindness, uncle. Take care!

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justom 22 months ago from 41042

And most of all my brother is they should never be genetically modified (GMO). Great hub prasetio how have been?


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Silva Hayes 22 months ago from Spicewood, Texas

Great hub, prasetio30, important information. May I add something here? Many people think that bigger is better, but in my opinion, the best way to select yellow and zucchini squash and cucumbers is to remember that the smaller ones are more tender and better for cooking. Also, one should buy small to medium mushrooms with the underside still closed around the stem, as this indicates freshness. Thanks for an informative, useful hub!


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always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

Great guide on buying veggies. Voted up and interesting..


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breakfastpop 22 months ago

I think this is a very helpful and useful hub. Voted up and useful and interesting, too!


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, justom. I am so happy to see you here. I hope our brotherhood will never end. Thanks for coming. Big Hug!!!!

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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Silva Hayes. Nice to see you here and thank you very much for valuable comment. I really appreciate that. I believe that you are a great chef and you have experience in buying your daily needs, especially veggies. Again...I want to say, thank you very much. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Ruby (always exploring). Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your vote. Take care!

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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Pop (breakfastpop). Good to see you here. I always be your big fans here. Thank you very much for the vote and pressing "useful and interesting" button. Have a nice day. Cheers :-)

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Genna East 22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

You have some of my favorites here. And knowing how to buy fresh is so important. Thank you for these words of advice.


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Genna East. Thanks for stopping by. I am glad to know this hub useful for you. Have a nice weekend!

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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Genna East. Thanks for stopping by. I am glad to know this hub useful for you. Have a nice weekend!

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ecogranny 22 months ago from San Francisco

Good information here. I've never cooked with okra, but I may, now that I know how to pick fresh ones.


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prasetio30 22 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi. ecogranny. Welcome to my hub. Thanks for coming and sharing your comment. I hope you can cook the best okra. Take care!


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DDE 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Beautiful photos and I like all of these vegetables.You have accomplished a well-approached guide to learning more about such vegetables. Voted up, useful and interesting.


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prasetio30 21 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, DDE. Thanks for coming and your appreciation to this hub. I hope this hub useful for you. Happy cooking. Take care!


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

now i know how to choose onions


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prasetio30 21 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, peachpurple. I am glad to know this hub useful for you. happy cooking!


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Rachel L Alba 21 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Great tips, I do use them, this year I plan on buying more vegetables.

Happy New year.


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vespawoolf 21 months ago from Peru, South America

I love shopping in the open air markets of Peru, so I enjoyed this article with the colorful photos you chose. We donĀ“t have dandelion, mustard or okra here, but we do have a nice variety of vegetables. Thank you for this useful information.


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aviannovice 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Knowing how to choose our veggies is the way to good health.


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prasetio30 21 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Rachel L Alba. Thanks for coming. Sorry for reply your comment. Happy cooking!


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prasetio30 21 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, vespawoolf. Thank you very much for coming and I love your comment. I believe that vegetables are good for health. Take care and happy cooking!


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prasetio30 21 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, aviannovice. Thanks for coming and I agree with you. Take care!

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