The Smartest Ways to Buy and Store Summer Produce



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How you pick and store summer fruits can mean the difference between mealy disappointment and juicy perfection.

Berries
Buying: Turn to these antioxidant-packed fruits for a burst of sweet-tart flavor and vitamin C. When shopping for strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, look for plump and well-shaped pieces that are brightly colored and firm.

Storing: Berries can be stored at room temperature for about 1 to 2 days. After that, get more mileage by keeping them in the fridge. Wash just before using and dry gently with a paper towel. Want to freeze berries? Use these tips.

Melons
Buying: Whether it’s watermelon, cantaloupe or a lesser-known variety like Sun Jewel or Casaba, melons boast vitamins A and C plus a wide array of cell-protecting phytochemicals. Look for melons that are heavy and have a firm skin. Wash the outside well before cutting to prevent outside germs from being pushed into the flesh by your knife.

Storing: Keep whole melon at room temperature for up to 1 week. Once sliced, store in the fridge in a sealed bag or container for 4 to 5 days.

Stone Fruit
Buying: Summer is the absolute best time for peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines. Pop them on the grill, add to salsa and …read more