Have you ever bitten into an unripe banana?
It’s hard, has no taste, and leaves us bloated, constipated, and hunched over from stomach cramps due to it’s inability to be digested properly.
When we eat fruit that is not at it’s peak of perfection, we are not experiencing the unique taste and energizing results that makes each one so special.
Here are some tips that can help you choose the best fruit for your dollar.
Apples: Vibrant color and firm to the touch
Avocados: I always suggest purchasing an unripe avocado, and allowing it ripen in your home at room temperature. This allows it to ripen properly, without people at the grocery store bruising it by squeeze testing. Once ripe, it will give to gentle pressure.
Banana: Yellow and speckled is the way to go! You can also purchase green bananas, as seen above, and allow for at home ripening.
Citrus Fruits: Firm and heavy with vibrant, even skin. Some may have a slight green tone, which is ok!
Cherries and Berries Firm, vibrant, plump and clean. Also check the container for any leakage.
Grapes: Firm, smooth, plump, and attached to the stem.
Kiwi: Gives to slight pressure. Do not buy hard or too mushy
Mango: Slightly soft to touch, plump skin, and the stem should smell fruity!
Pears and Stone fruits: Buy slightly firm without dark spots, and allow them to ripen for a few days at home at room temperature. They will give to gentle pressure.
Pineapples: Heavy and sweet smelling with a yellow hue. The stem leaves should also easily pull out.
Tomatoes: Slightly firm but yield to gentle pressure. Ripen at home at room temperature.
Watermelons and Melons: Firm, heavy, and even shaped with a smooth skin. The underneath should have a yellow spot from where it resting in the patch. The flesh should also be vibrant and firm instead of mushy and watery.
Tip: never freeze unripe fruit. Once ripe, any fruit can be frozen and then used in smoothies or other healthy recipes.
There is no reason to bite into hard, tasteless fruit. What fun is that?
Fruit is immediate energy. Fruit is FUEL.
Enjoy every last bite, and truly get a taste of natures candy.