Fruit

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Fruit

Who doesn’t like fruit? Its beautiful, tasty and good for you!!! Below are some storage hints and general information on fruit.

Apples

Apples

  • There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples in the world.
  • Select apples with a good colour and a smooth skin.
  • Keep refrigerated in a vented plastic bag.

Apricots

Apricot

  • You can use a vegetable peeler or a sharp knife to peel an apricot.
  • Chose apricots that are plump, evenly coloured and fairly soft.
  • Store apricots unwrapped in the crisper of the fridge.

Avocados

Avocado

  • To prevent an avocado from discolouring once cut brush the surface with lemon juice.
  • To remove the stone cut the avocado in half and hold the half with the stone in one hand and tap it with a sharp knife with the other hand. While the knife is in the stone give it a gentle twist and it should remove easily.
  • Store unwrapped in the refrigerator.
  • Ready to eat when they feel slightly soft when gently squeezed.

Bananas

Banana

  • Banana’s come in many colours from small red and yellow skinned to large black plantains.
  • Green banana’s can be cooked and served in savoury dishes.
  • You can boil, fry, curry, grill and bake a banana.
  • Banana leaves can be used when wrapping and cooking food.
  • Plantains are never eaten raw and always cooked.
  • When choosing banana’s they should have bright yellow to golden skin and appear well rounded
  • Keep banana’s unwrapped at room temperature.

Blackberries

Blackberries

  • You can freeze blackberries.
  • Don’t wash blackberries until you’re ready to use them.

Blueberries

Blueberries

  • You can freeze blueberries.
  • Pick berries that are firm and plump.
  • Keep your blueberries covered in the fridge.

Cherries

Cherries

  • Cherries are closely related to plums.
  • You can buy cherry pitters to remove the seeds of cherries.
  • Buy cherries that are firm, bright and uniform in colour. The stems should be green.
  • Store cherries in a vented plastic bag in the fridge.

Coconuts

Coconut

  • Used in savoury and sweet dishes.
  • Shake your coconut and listen for the coconut water inside before you buy it. If you can’t hear the liquid its too old and will have a soapy taste.
  • A good coconut is a heavy coconut!

Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit

  • Dragon fruit is also called Pitaya.
  • Dragon fruit comes in red, pink and yellow.
  • The dragon fruit skin should not be eaten.

Grapes

Grapes

  • Grapes make wine….I love wine!!!!
  • Choose grapes with their stems attached that are smooth and plump.
  • Keep your grapes in the fridge in a vented plastic bag.

Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi Fruit

  • To prepare a kiwi fruit cut off the top and bottom and then remove the skin with a sharp knife or vegetable peeler.
  • Pick Kiwi fruit that has a good shape and are light to medium brown in colour.
  • Kiwi fruit should be stored in the crisper of the fridge.

Lemons

Lemons

  • Freeze lemon juice in ice cube containers then put into plastic bags.
  • Choose lemons that are firm, heavy and good coloured.
  • Keep lemons in the fridge uncovered.

Limes

Limes

  • Pick limes that are firm and heavy for their size.
  • Keep limes uncovered in the fridge crisper.

Mandarins

Mandarins

  • Store mandarins in the fridge uncovered. This can extend their shelf life for up to two weeks.
  • Select mandarins that are unblemished and heavy for their size.
  • To prepare a mandarin remove the skin and separate into segments.

Mangoes

Mango

  • Mangoes need to be peeled before they are used.
  • Store mangos wrapped in the fridge.
  • Mangos are a great source of vitamin A and C.

Melon – Honeydew

Honeydew Melon

  • Choose melons that are firm, heavy, good coloured aroma.

Melon – Rockmelon

Rockmelon

  •  Choose melons that are firm, heavy, good coloured aroma.
  • Also called a cantaloupe.

Melon – Watermelon

Watermelon

  •  Choose melons that are firm, heavy, good coloured aroma.

Nectarines

Nectarine

  • To help remove the skin of a nectarine place it in a bowl of boiling water covering it and then drain immediately.
  • Store in the fridge uncovered.
  • Chose smooth, plump highly coloured nectarines.

Oranges

Oranges

  • Keep your oranges in the fridge uncovered.
  • Pick oranges that are firm and heavy for their size.

Passionfruit

Passionfruit

  •  Store your passionfruit in the fridge in a plastic bag.
  • Chose passionfruit that are heavy with a smooth dark purple skin.

Paw Paw

Paw Paw

  • The paw paw continues to ripen at room temperature so keep it in the fridge to make it last longer.
  • Store paw paw wrapped in paper towel in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge.

Peaches

Peaches

  • There are two types of peaches: free stone and cling stone.
  • Keep your peaches in the fridge uncovered.
  • Pick peaches that are firm and have a good colour.

Pears

Pears

  • Pears can be eaten with or without their skin.
  • Choose pears that have good colour and are slightly soft around the stem area.
  • Store your peaches in the fridge uncovered.

Pineapples

Pineapple

  •  A good pineapple is a green colour with golden colours coming through, they smell sweet.
  • Keep your pineapple in the fridge uncovered.

Plums

Plums

  • Use a sharp knife or vegetable peeler to peel a plum, or just eat the skin!
  • Pick the plums that are plump, bright and have smooth skin.
  • Store plums uncovered in the fridge.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

  • Use a bowl of water to separate your pomegranate seeds and membrane, the seeds sink to the bottom and the membrane floats at the top.

Raspberries

Raspberries

  •  Chose raspberries that are firm, dry and have a rich colour.
  • Store your raspberries covered in the fridge.

Rambutan

Rambutan

  • The rambutan comes in red and yellow varieties.
  • Sometimes referred to as a hairy fruit.
  • The taste is similar to a lychee.

Strawberries

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  • Store strawberries in a reusable plastic container lined with a paper towel in the fridge.
  • Strawberries freeze really well. To prepare them for freezing gently wash them, dry, and remove the green cap. Lay them on a flat tray to freeze and then transfer them to a plastic bag. You can freeze strawberries for up to 6 months.
  • Do not wash strawberries until you are ready to use them (Unless of course your about to freeze them).
  • Choose strawberries that are bright in colour.

 

NOTES:

Vegetable Crisper: The drawer / bin in the fridge that is designed to store fruit and vegetables.

Plastic Bag: Clip zip bag or zip lock bag.

Reusable plastic container: Tupperware.

 

Do you have any more information on the fruits listed above? If so feel free to comment below so that I can include the information on the page.

ROCK

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