How To Check Quality Of Fruits And Vegetables?

HOW TO DO QUALITY CHECKS ON FRUITS AND VEGGIES?

 

Your brief and concise guide to buying the best fruits and veggies!!!                                                                                            

We as Canadians, really can’t imagine our lives without fruit featured dessert delicacies or yummy salads!!!! Fresh fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet and lifestyle in our everyday busy lives. But present day reality suggests otherwise; how fresh actually are these food sources which we consume on a daily basis  and is there a need to look for signs so as to determine their level of freshness so as to eat healthy? Here are some important things to ponder upon when you are on the grocery run!!! 

The important thing to keep in mind is to make use of all our senses when purchasing fruits and vegetables just like meat and fish, mainly smell and feel, in order to see how fresh they really are. In fact, June 7 is observed as World Food Safety Day, in which the quality of food, unadulterated products and it's overall health benefits are looked at.

Some Easy Tips To Check Freshness 

  • The intensity of the green color and how crispy they look give an idea regarding their freshness. 
  • Pale, yellow, wilted or brown vegetables are not to be bought since they won't last long. 
  • Cabbage can give off a healthy appearance externally, but internally it would be a different story, especially the ones with a hole in it which screams NOT FRESH!
  • Root vegetables such as turnips, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, and such are considered fresh based on their weight. (The more they weigh, the more fresh they are. A giveaway is if the skin isn’t smooth and wrinkle-free)
  • As for potatoes, wrinkle-free, has dirt from the soil, non-sprouted and not-green ones  are considered fresh.  
  • Onion and garlic, being hard and heavy and without sprouts, come off as fresh as well. 
  • Whiffing the vegetables or fruits to take in the smell is also a way to find out how fresh they actually are.  
  • Grapes, when lifted off their bunch, if it starts to fall, indicate their low level of freshness. 
  • Needless to say is the fact that lemons, oranges, grapefruits and tangerines with brown spots are usually spoiled. 
  • A light aroma is the ideal smell, while a strong one may be due to ripening in excess.
  • If the fruit smells sour or stinky, it is well beyond its prime. 
  • In short, a light and sweet smell can tell that the fruit is ripe and very much fresh. 
  • Any sort of coloration on the surface of fruits and vegetables, dark marks/spots, white streaks are all signs of spoilage.                                     
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  • Some vegetables and fruits may show presence of softness at specific regions, which can mean rotting or bruising. 
  • It is also wise to avoid those with cracks, which means the vegetable or fruit may be dry. 
 At NDfresh,you can buy curated premium fresh collection of fruits and vegetables along with meat,seafood, spices and much more online and we deliver to your doorsteps. All of our produces are locally sourced from top quality farms and our team directly visit there and hand pick them. 

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Seasonal Availability Of Fruits & Veggies

Another  main thing  about finding fresh vegetables and fruits clearly depends on their seasonal availability.   

When it comes to availability of fruits and vegetables, let's go through a quick accessibility guide on some of the most popular fruits and vegetables

What’s in Season in December

Pears, Brussels Sprouts, Rutabagas, Turnips, Beets, Carrots, Cabbage, Red Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Potatoes, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Pears

What’s in Season in January

Rutabagas, Turnips, Beets, Carrots, Cabbage, Red Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Potatoes, Squash, Sweet Potatoes

What’s in Season in February

Rutabagas, Turnips, Beets, Carrots, Cabbage, Red Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Potatoes, Squash, Sweet Potatoes

What’s in Season in March

Rutabagas, Turnips, Beets, Carrots, Cabbage, Red Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Potatoes, Squash, Sweet Potatoes

What’s in Season in April

Asparagus, Radishes, Fiddleheads, Spinach, Fava Beans,  Rhubarb, Peppers (greenhouse), Tomatoes (greenhouse)

What’s in Season in May

Asparagus, Radishes, Fiddleheads, Spinach, Rhubarb, Kale, Salad Greens, Morel Mushrooms, Arugula, Swiss Chard, Green Onions, Peas, Cherries

What’s in Season in June

Asparagus, Radishes, Spinach, Rhubarb, Kale, Salad Greens, Arugula, Beets, Lettuce, Green Onions, Gooseberries, Saskatoon Berries, Strawberries, Broccoli, Celery, Swiss Chard, Garlic (Fresh), Peas, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips, Zucchini, Fennel, Cherries

What’s in Season in July

Gooseberries, Saskatoon Berries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Currants, Cherries, Blackberries, Apricots, Nectarines, Green Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower,  Celery, Swiss Chard, Cucumber, Garlic (Fresh), Leeks,  Lettuce, Green Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes (New), Radishes, Rhubarb, Salad Greens, Spinach, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips,  Zucchini, Beets, Peaches, Watermelon, Kale

What’s in Season in August

Raspberries, Currants, Cherries, Blackberries, Apricots, Apples, Crab Apples, Blueberries, Gooseberries, Melons, Nectarines, Pears, Plums, Prunes, Strawberries, Artichokes, Green Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower,  Celery, Swiss Chard,  Corn, Cucumber, Garlic (Fresh),  Leeks,  Lettuce, Green Onions, Parsnips,  Peppers,  Potatoes (New), Radishes, Rhubarb, Rutabagas,  Salad Greens, Shallots, Spinach, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips,  Zucchini, Beets, Eggplants, Grapes,  Peaches, Watermelon, Kale, Pears

What’s in Season in September

Cranberries, Apples, Crab Apples, Blueberries, Grapes, Melons, Pears, Plums, Prunes, Artichokes, Green Beans, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower,  Celery, Swiss Chard, Corn, Cucumber, Garlic (Fresh), Leeks,  Lettuce, Green Onions, Onions, Parsnips, Peppers, Potatoes (New), Pumpkin, Radishes, Rutabagas, Salad Greens, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnips,  Zucchini, Beets, Eggplants, Nectarines, Watermelon, Kale

What’s in Season in October

Cranberries, Apples, Crab Apples, Pears, Quince, Artichokes, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower,  Celery, Swiss Chard, Corn, Garlic (Fresh),  Leeks,  Lettuce, Green Onions, Onions, Parsnips,  Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Rutabagas, Salad Greens, Spinach, Turnips, Beets, Eggplants, Kale

What’s in Season in November

Cranberries, Pears, Quince, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower,  Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Rutabagas, Turnips, Apples, Beets

What’s in Season in Canada Year-Round

Thanks to green house technology, we can enjoy many fruits and vegetables year -round like Mushrooms, Cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes , lettuce etc . 

 The lack of expiration dates that comes along with these fruits and vegetables is surely a challenge. Hence, it is vital to keep in mind to look out for signs and examine whatever fruits or vegetables that sit polished and faultless in front of you have the potential to be bought or not. So when in doubt, order your fresh fruits and crisp veggies in just a click from NDfresh and we will bring you farm fresh premium quality products to your doorsteps.






 

 


 


 


 


 









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