Tips for Choosing the Best Vegetables at the Market


We have all heard that fresh vegetables should form a major part of a healthy diet, and nutritional experts recommend that every adult eat at least five servings of vegetables every single day.  Incorporating that many vegetables into a healthy diet is not always easy, but it helps to know how to choose the freshest ones at the market.  The next time you head out to the local farmers market or grocery store, consider these tips for choosing the freshest produce.

Onions – When looking through the onion bin at your local supermarket or produce stand, be on the lookout for soft spots and discoloration.  The freshest onions will have a dry papery skin and a firm and heavy feel.  Any onions that appear damp, smell musty, are discolored or have begun to sprout should be left at the store.
Mushrooms – Mushrooms should also have a firm feel and a fresh smell.  The stalk end of the mushroom should be moist, as a dry stalk could indicate lack of freshness.
Root Vegetables – Many of our favorite vegetables are the root varieties, and carrots, potatoes, radishes and beets are among the most versatile in the vegetable world.  When looking for the freshest root vegetables, it is important to reject any with soft patches, sprouts or excessive wrinkling.  After they have been brought home, these vegetables should be stored in the crisper portion of the refrigerator until they are ready for use.
Green Leafy Vegetables – Green leafy vegetables are among the healthiest in the world, but it is especially important to choose the best varieties and the freshest specimens.  Fresh vegetables should have a springy feel and appearance.  Those leaves that are limp, wet or wilted should remain at the market.  It is also important to look carefully for signs of insect damage, and to reject any vegetables that show such signs.
Peppers – Peppers are among the most beautiful, and most versatile, of all vegetables.  These wonderful plants are available in a number of bright, vibrant and attractive colors, and they can be used in a seemingly endless variety of recipes, from salads to seafood and meat dishes.  Whether you choose yellow, red, green or orange peppers, it is important to choose the freshest ones.  Fresh peppers should be hard to the touch, with no signs of limpness.  Those peppers that are limp, which contain wrinkles or that appear withered, will lack the crispness needed to make them useful in recipes and salads.

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