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Shopping for Freshness ~ Fruits and Vegetables

Updated on August 12, 2014

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10 Tips-Shopping For Freshness at Your Grocery Store

It is so important that you are careful in selecting the food you buy. I have spent over 20 years in the food service business, taken many classes on food safety and I would like to share with you just a few tips on purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables. Some of this you may say is just a matter of common sense, and that would be a true statement but sometimes we need a reminder, our lives are so busy we just run through the grocery store and just assume what we are purchasing is safe. Do not leave your food quality completely up to the grocery store, make sure you are paying attention.


1. Buy from a reputable source

2. Check fruits and vegetables for bruising and damage.

3. Be sure to bag your fruits and vegetables separate from your meats.

4. If you are eating the skin of the fruit or vegetable buy it Organic

5. If you do not eat the skin you can buy non organic (watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple)

6. Be sure that pre cut fruits and veggies are properly chilled, on ice when you buy them

7. Check produce for freshness, no wilting, no discolorations, feels firm to the touch

8. Avoid fruits and vegetables with brown spots

9. Avoid wrinkled skin and/or mold

10. If possible chose the fruits and vegetables that are in season.


When bringing groceries home make sure that they are stored properly. Quality food is important to prevent foodborne illness. It only takes a few minutes to insure that the food you are eating is safe.

Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt

The Toxic Ten

Everyone knows they should eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day, but did you know that every time you do you are eating up to 10 different pesticides along with them? I will provide you a list of the ones you should buy Organic and the ones you do not have to buy Organic.

Buy Organic/Toxic Ten

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarine
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Imported Grapes


Non Organic

  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant

Even though you may wash your fruits and vegetables well the pesticides are still there. Did you know that before they reach your local store they have been power washed? Yes, it is true and the pesticides are still present. The fruits and vegetables that are the safest are the one that you do not eat the outside of. You may ask what about corn, peas and cabbage? With the cabbage you peel the outer layer off, the peas come in a pod and the corn is covered with the husk.

It is still important to wash all your fruits and vegetables before eating them. Pesticides have been linked to problems with

  • Nervous System
  • Hormone System
  • Skin
  • Lung health problems
  • Eye health problems
  • as well as the fact they are Carcinogens

Pesticides were created to kill living things like bugs, fungi, and unwanted plants. What makes us think we are immune to that? We are not and we should avoid pesticides if we can.

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