Every fruit and vegetable has its own signature of freshness. Choosing the freshest and tastiest produce is a combination of seasonal knowledge, and using one’s senses.
As a housewife and part-time Shopper Bee, Geok Lian Ng makes it her duty to select the finest produce for her family and honestbee customers.
“Whether I’m shopping for my family or honestbee customers, I will take the time to choose the best fruits and veggies on offer.”
We caught up with Geok Lian as she shared some of her tips and tricks for identifying ripe fruits and ready-to-eat vegetables at the supermarket.
Tips for Choosing Fresh Vegetables
Look for firm spears that are bright green in colour. The tips should be closed. And while size doesn’t matter, you want to select a bunch of the same size so that it cooks at the same rate.
Cabbage from Indonesia and Beijing are heavy for their size. Cabbage grown in Cameron Highlands, on the other hand, is lighter. Choose cabbage that is free from blemishes and doesn’t have dry or yellow leaves.
Creamy white curds are sweeter than stark white heads. Intact leaves protecting the cauliflower is a plus.
Lemons, oranges, pomelo, and grapefruit are dense and heavy. The skins release a citrus fragrance when scratched, and a slight oiliness when lightly pressed.
Size does matter. Small, firm eggplants are good for curries. Large eggplants are better for frying. The skin should be shiny, smooth and deep purple in colour.
|Long green beans
Long green beans are firm, bright in colour and easy to snap when fresh. They will keep in the fridge for 4-7 days in a plastic bag.
Leafy greens such as spinach, lettuce, and spring onions should be crisp in colour and unwilted. Buy these earlier in the day when they are freshly delivered.
The winning colours for this delicious fruit are golden and cream. There should be no soft or brown spots all around the melon except at the end.
A slight gradient between green and yellow on the skin indicates a ripe pineapple. It should smell sweet and fragrant, and have bright green leaves firmly attached.
Potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, and turnips should be hard and free of cuts and bruises. There should not be shoots or buds growing.
Pick one that is heavier than it looks, with a smooth skin. A yellow spot means that it was properly matured underground. It should also sound hollow when tapped lightly.
Ripe bananas are yellow from top to bottom. A few specks are fine for eating within 1-2 days.
Bee Tip: If you would like your honestbee shopper to buy large eggplants instead of small ones, or green bananas instead of ripe ones to eat later in the week, indicate your preference in the ‘Add Instructions’ box provided before you checkout.
Happy shopping with honestbee!