Every time I go to the grocery store I always sort of “eavesdrop” on people while I’m in the produce section. I do it so I can learn how to choose the right produce item. Nothing is worse (or more costly) than bringing home a fruit or vegetable and then a day or two later have it go bad. I also hate it when I go to make a dish and the item is not as sweet or tasty as it should be. What a waste.
This week’s Giant Eagles Ad gave some helpful hints to pick a good watermelon. This has inspired me to research tips on Selecting Produce items that I often just sort of guess on.
Here’s what I found for 7 hard to pick Produce items.
Choosing a Good Watermelon
- Check the Weight Heavier is better
- Look for the buttery Yellow Ground Spot – This is one I overheard last week in the produce section. A ripe watermelon has a deep green rind with a buttery yellow spot where it sat on the ground and ripened
- Look for a Smooth Rind – Make sure it’s free of cuts, dents and bruises
Picking a Good Cucumber
- Check the Skin Color – It should be bright and even without dullness or sweating
- Test the Firmness – It should not bend. It should be firm to the very tip of the cucumber
- Biggest is not the Best – Smaller cucumbers are criper and have finer seeds making them more appealing to people
Selecting the Best Cantaloupes
Pick one with a rosy glow. Notice the difference in the pictures below. The top one is the best cantaloupe to pick.
Choosing a Sweet and Tender HoneyDew
- Check for Spots – There shouldn’t be any soft spots
- Give it a Shake – Holding the Honeydew at both ends shake it side to side (not stem to step) You should hear the seeds shaking a around.
Choosing Fresh Asparagus
- Consistent Color from top to bottom
- Check the tips – For a fresh set they will be together, with a little bit of spring in them and fluffy. They should not be soft and mushy
Picking a Ripe Pineapple
Pull on the leaves at the top and if you give it a little tug it should come right out.
Choosing Good Corn on the Cob
- Check the Color of the Husk – It should be bright green
- Check the Silk – On good Sweet Ripe corn the silk will be stiff, dark and moist
- Touch the Husk – In Ripe corn, you will be able to feel individual kernels by pressing gently against the husk
So hopefully now I won’t just have to guess and will actually get my money’s worth when buying produce.
So what about you? Do you have some tips on picking produce? I would love to hear them. Share them in the Comments or over on The Coupon “High” Facebook Page.