How to Choose Fresh Fruit at the Market

Picking the right fruit in the market can be confusing, as there are so many conflicting opinions on the best ways to determine which fruit is worth purchasing. While it may seem intimidating trying to tackle this large task of knowing which fruit is going to be great when you get home, versus realizing you pick a piece of fruit that was too ripe or not quite ready to truly enjoy. We at Greater El Monte Community Hospital believe healthy living starts with healthy eating, which is why we have created an easy and informative guide in choosing fresh fruit at the market.

The following are key elements to look out for when picking produce:

  • Bright color – The exterior is the first thing to consider when picking fruit. Once you’ve verified there are no bruises, blemishes, or pests, you’ll want to see which fruits have the brightest and most inviting colors. The best fruits will be entirely saturated in vibrant color. A white sheen or underdeveloped color means the fruit is either not ripe or has been deprived of the sun. Fruits with stems should not be brown in color, as a green stem indicates the fruit is fresher.
  • Heavy weight and median firmness – Fruit should be firm, but not incredibly hard, as this could be an indication the produce won’t be juicy. Also, the heavier the fruit, the more likely it is to be juicy and crisp, as opposed to dry and unappetizing.
  • Aroma – Fruit should smell exactly how it is going to taste, as unripe fruits smell like nothing.

We have served our community for over 40 years, which is why we are so dedicated to making sure everyone is well-versed in the art of eating for a healthy lifestyle. At Greater El Monte Community Hospital, we believe in providing genuinely helpful medical care and advice, and we know that starts with your daily habits. If we can make a difference in just one person’s life by making sure they subscribe to healthier eating practices such as incorporating fruit into their everyday life, we will consider that one person’s improved health a success story.

For exceptional medical care you can trust to keep your best interests in mind at all times, contact us today by calling (626) 579-7777.