As most everyone who knows me knows that I don’t care for chocolate but give me some fruit! I love summer fruit best, but I have to admit that as fall approaches (approaches as I live in the southwest) I am loving the beautiful selection of apples. Here are some tips for picking some delicious fruit and what to do with it.
- Store apples separately as they can absorb other flavors from foods (i.e. onions) and can also admit a gas that can ripen your other fruit (good to know if you are trying to ripen your other fruit though).
- Wash fruit before you eat not after you purchased. The moisture will encourage spoiling/bacteria.
- You can put bananas in the fridge to keep longer. The skin will brown but the banana will be just fine.
- If your bananas have gotten too ripe, make sure to put them in the freezer to keep until you are ready to make banana bread.
- Kiwi fruit is the way to go. It has almost twice the Vit. C of an orange, 8 times the nutrients of an apple, and an excellent source of fiber (per tasteforlife).
- Oh, the best winter fruit, in my opinion, is POMEGRANATES! I liked them before they became the “it” fruit! They are very good for you and help keep cells and tissues fighting off all kinds of yuck! They are good from Sept – Dec. Buy one that is heavy for it’s size (which is true in picking most fruit) and without cracks. It should be smooth and nice in color. To eat, cut in half and place in water. Break apart in sections removing the white part. Eat the yummy, juicy, and “sweetisous” seeds!
- Have you ever tried a kumquat? They are very interesting. See if your market has some and try one for an adventure. I like them, but I know some people don’t. You eat the whole thing. It’s sweet and tart at the same time!
- You don’t need special soap to wash your fruit per Federal Food Safety Officials (Associated Press). Just use water and scrub. If your fruit is coming from the ground. make sure you really get all the dirt. Did you know to wash a banana?
- If you really, really want to wash your fruit make your own “soap” with cold water, baking soda, and lemon juice.
- If you are juicing your own fruit, rub the fruit on the counter to get the juices going or prick the skin with a fork and microwave for a few seconds.
- Oranges – Navel is good for eating. Valencia for juicing. Blood Oranges have a tart flesh. Mandarin are small and sweet.
- Apples – Braeburn – good all around apple. It’s crisp and goes well in sauces and salads. Golden Delicious is well golden and delicious as my husband would say. Granny Smithof course is a great one for pies as well as caramel apples. It’s tart with some sweetness. A Fuji apple is a super-sweet apple and is good for use in baking and sauces. Galaapples are wonderful for sauces and applesauce. They are sweet and mildly aromatic. And McIntosh in sweet with some tartness. It’s can be used for applesauce or just eating it plain is terrific! (Info from Food & Family)
- Finally, don’t forget to use fruit for your home. Throw some apples skins that have soaked in water for a little while (left from the pie) and cinnamon on a baking sheet in a low oven – not very long, for a yummy smell (store skins in the fridge until ready to use). Or you can put orange skins with some cloves on the stove in a pot with water. Don’t forget to grind up your used lemon in your garbage disposal for a fresh smell.
My poor summer fruit is feeling left out. I will get to you when you come back and visit me my delicious friends. Yes, I do need help. Thanks for asking!