Who doesn't love fruit? And there are so very many to choose from and ways to prepare them! From main dishes to soups to side dishes and snacks, fruit is great for any meal or occasion.
Do not pick fruits with significant bug damage, mold, or that is limp. Select firm, crisp fruit.
Sniff check! If it smells funky or off, don't take it.
Feel for soft spots, but don't damage the produce as some types can be very delicate.
Pumpkins, pears, and many other types of fruit ripen from the inside out. Push with your thumb gently on the top near the stem. If it's soft, it's ripe.
Remember: When in doubt, throw it out!
Storing Fresh Fruit
Most fruits may be sliced and dehydrated very easily. Once sealed into air-tight containers, dehydrated fruit, properly stored, can last from 1-10 years!
When freezing fruit, lay out berries or slices in a single layer on parchment paper on a tray in the freezer. Once frozen, store in air-tight freezer containers for up to 1 year. The fruit doesn't mush together and defrosts more quickly when frozen as individuals instead of in a lump.