Know Your Produce
Provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health
Enjoying summer produce starts with knowing what to buy. Follow these tips to help select the freshest fruits and vegetables this season.
For melons, cantaloupe should have pronounced netting on the rind, a few tiny cracks at the stem and should smell sweet. Smell is also a good measure for honeydew and watermelon. Peaches should be slightly soft to the touch and yellow or cream-colored. For berries, choose plump, firm ones with a bright color.
For vegetables, look for corn that has green husks, moist stems and silks free of decay. Tomatoes that are prime are smooth and firm but not hard. Peppers should be firm, bright and have smooth skin.
Always look for fresh produce. The flavor will be enhanced and so will the nutrient levels.
For more information on health and nutrition, visit the ADA. With nearly 70,000 members, ADA is the nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Chicago-based ADA serves the public by promoting optimal health and nutrition.