The Ultimate Guide to Picking Only the Best Produce
Few things are worse than shelling out money on fresh produce only to bring it home and find that it's overripe, rotten, or completely lacking in flavor. When you're craving great fresh fruit or crisp veggies, lackluster results can be horribly disappointing. (If only learning how to pick a watermelon were as easy as grabbing the biggest, greenest one.) Fortunately, learning how to pick produce effectively can help you ward off that disappointment—and even help you figure out how to save money on groceries by making sure you don't waste a single sprig or melon.
When you order produce online you put your produce-picking in the hands of others, but when you can make it to a farmers' market or grocery store, knowing what to look for in your favorite fruits and vegetables can all-but guarantee better flavors when you get home. To ensure your cucumbers are crisp and your nectarines juicy, we've compiled the ultimate A-to-Z guide to choosing produce like a pro. Created with expert advice from the USDA, a nutritionist, and a recipe developer, this handy chart takes the guesswork out of grocery shopping—whether you're speeding through the store or perusing a local farmers' market.
Print your own version for the fridge or download this guide and keep it on your phone. The next time you're perusing produce, you'll know exactly how to pick the best of everything on your list.
If you're just doing some produce research, read on for the full list of how to pick all types of fruits and vegetables at the store, from avocados and blueberries to watermelon and zucchini.