- Sniff it first. If it doesn't smell fresh, don't purchase it.
- And look for the new "country of origin" stickers. (Yes, we prefer local food in season.)
- When you get it home, eat it quickly. Nutrient content drops over time, even when it's refrigerated...with the exception of dark plums, which might get a little antioxidant boost with short storage. Some fruits hold up better than others—black grapes, apples, oranges and tomatoes (yes, tomatoes are considered fruit)—but it's still best to eat them when they're fresh. And keep them in the crisper. Exposure to light can make some nutrients flee.
Since it's harvested at its peak, frozen produce may have more nutrients than fresh that has been picked early, then shipped and stored. So learn where your neighborhood fruit and vegetable parlor is, and remember the names of the produce masters. You'll find out from them what's fresh and enjoy their expertise in steering you to the best-tasting foods.
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