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Fruit Tips and Tricks Exposed

Updated on March 8, 2010

Isn't fruit like the best foods in the world? How sweet they are, and how there are so many different taste and textures you can taste with each one!? Well I'll share some great tips and tricks that keep your fruit the best. I'll go through each fruit explaining some tips on how to keep them nice and hopefully on your next trip to the store, you'll have some ideas on which ones are better to grab!

Delicious Apples

Fun Fact: Apples originated in the mountains of Kazakhstan in southeast Asia!

Tip 1: Apples keep longer when they don't touch each other. Hmmm.. a little odd but True!

Tip 2: When baking apples, remove a horizontal slice of peel from around the middle. Apples won't shrink while baking.

Tip 3: Wrinkled skins can be avoided by cutting slits in a few places before baking.

Tip 4: To have a nice warm apple smell in the house while cooking or just laying around the house for the day take a small pot and add about 1 cup of water some apple slices and a dash of cinnamon on low heat and you'll have that lovely smell as you relax!

Sour Lemons

Fun Fact: The great and sour lemons that we love in our summertime drink actually originated from china.

Tip 1: Lemons with the smoothest skin and the smallest points on each end have more juice and a better flavor.

Tip 2: Submerging a lemon in hot water for 15 minutes before squeezing will yield almost 2 times the amount of juice.

Tip 3: If you only need a few drops of lemon instead of cutting the whole thing open, just poke it with a fork , squeeze out a few drops and place it back in the refrigerator , it will be like you never took any juice from it.

Tip 4: Burst of lemon flavor in your lemonade? Just freeze lemon juice in some ice trays and add to your lemonade, instead of regular water ice cubes, it saves from your drink from watering down in that hot sun , and add more flavor! Win Win Situation!

Flavorful Bananas

Fun Fact: Did you know there are many types of bananas? Yes! Here are a few types of bananas: Red bananas, Yellow bananas, Apple bananas, The Baby Banana, and Baking bananas! Wow! Sooo many! Who would have known!?

Tip 1: Bananas ripen quickly when placed in a brown paper bag. Buy them green and ripe them as you need them.They generally ripen 1-2 days after being placed in a paper bag. You can save a ton by doing it that way!

Tip 2: Banana popsicle anyone? Place a popsicle stick in your peeled banana and stick it in the freezer, once frozen take out and enjoy! For even more enjoyment... dip your banana in some chocolate and roll it around in some sprinkles and then freeze! Yum!

Tip 3: Don't throw away your banana skins if you have a rose bush, take your peels and place in the soil , it will make your roses grow better!

Tip 4: Bananas turn brown in the refrigerator , so its best to keep them on your counter or dinner table.

Wonderful Cherries

Fun Fact: There are many different color cherries! Red, Black and Yellow!

Tip 1: To check to see if cherries contains any worms, Put them in a bowl of water, if they float they have worms in them.

Tip 2: Cherries keep longer if left with the stem attached. So when you go picking off the stems, make sure you you only pick off what you need and leave the rest of the stems on until you need them.

Tip 3: Cherries keep longer if they are kept in the refrigerator , they can last up to 10 days!

Tip 4: Never leave cherries by a window or a warm area, this is will cause them to decay quickly!

Sweet Oranges

Fun Fact: Sometimes oranges are dyed to improve their appearance so the color of them is no indication of quality.

Tip 1: Brown spots on the skin indicate a good quality orange.

Tip 2: Always pick oranges with the biggest holes by examining the navel. They tend to be the sweetest.

Tip 3: Need a nice smell in the house? Take a cup of water, some orange peels and a cinnamon stick , and leave on low heat, and your neighbors will be knocking on your door for dinner!

Tip 4: Orange peels are great for your nails, so next time you peel an orange rub the outside on the orange peel on your nail for a few seconds.

Lovely Strawberries

Fun Fact: On average there are 200 tiny seeds in 1 strawberry!

Tip 1: Strawberries can be frozen for up to 1 year in your freezer.

Tip 2: Never wash strawberries until you are ready to eat them, the water will cause them to become mushy.

Tip 3: Smaller strawberries tend to be more juicy and flavorful.

Tip 4: Rule of thumb is true in this one.... The Redder the Better! Make sure you get the reddest strawberries and make sure the leaves are green and not dry and brownish in color.

Yummy Cantaloupe

Fun Fact: Cantaloupes can also be called a " Muskmelon".

Tip 1: Not sure if your cantaloupe is ripe to eat yet? Just shake it! You should be able to hear the seeds when it is 100% ripe.

Tip 2: If your cantaloupe is too soft when feeling it, it is probably overripe.

Tip 3: Cantaloupes tend to have better flavor when left on your counter top vs. sitting in your refrigerator.

Tip 4: When you only need half your cantaloupe , make sure you leave the seeds on the other half and wrap it saran wrap and put it in the fridge until ready to consume.

Tangy Pineapple

Fun Fact: A long time ago, pineapple was used as a diuretic and to induce labor.

Tip 1: Don't use fresh pineapple in gelation desserts. It contains an enzyme that prevents gelation from setting. In gelation, use either the canned product or fresh pineapple that has been parboiled for five minutes.

Tip 2: Need pineapple right away but it's not ripe yet? That's okay. Just remove top and skin, slice and place in pot. Cover with water and add sugar to taste. Boil for a few minutes, cool and refrigerate. It will taste fresh and crunchy!

Tip 3: One cup of pineapple cut in chunks has about 80 calories and no fat!

Tip 4: Pineapple makes great bowls. Just cut pineapple in half, from top to bottom, scoop out the inside, and add two different dips to each side or you can add cut up fruit in one side, and have the dip in the other.


Juicy Grapes

Fun Fact: Grapes contain about 80% water, so they are prefect for snacks or adding to any dessert!

Tip 1: Grapes are better in the coldest part of your refrigerator and remember to only wash them as you need.

Tip 2: Never feed your pets grapes at any time, they have something in them that can damage their kidneys.

Tip 3: Grapes make great dipping food so just put a bunch of grapes on a wooden skewer and let them dip them in a fruit dip, this will also help kids to eat them, because they do tend to roll around.

Tip 4: Make sure you go for the brightest color grapes! Grapes do not ripen after they have been picked off the vine. So, you wanna choose the best looking ones, make sure they have no wrinkles.



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    • gramarye profile image

      gramarye 

      8 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      This was really interesting - I'll come back for more of your hubs!

    • Sweetkisses9187 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sweetkisses9187 

      8 years ago from Essex, Maryland

      Thank you very much! : )

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      rebekahELLE 

      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      nice, fun, informative hub! you made it simple to read with nice pics. I didn't know some of this! I'll have to remember to keep the orange peel to rub on my nails! thanks for sharing. :] I rated it UP!

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      Sweetkisses9187 

      8 years ago from Essex, Maryland

      Thanks for commenting. Please check back for more articles! : )

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      daisyjae 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I love fruit! Especially in the summertime.

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      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Fruit never lasts long in my house,my family pretty much inhales fruit lol! I love your hub and interesting facts, especially #4 about apples....gonna do that one tomorrow! =)

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