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Fruits and Vegetables – A

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Apples 

 
PickSmooth, firm apples, free of blemishes and bruises.
StorageTo help retain moisture, store apples in an open or perforated plastic bag in the fridge.
PrepareRinse well under cold water and eat.  Or, cut into quarters and cut out the core with a sharp paring knife.

Arugula

 
PickBright green leaves that are fresh looking, not bruised.
StorageBaby arugula can be kept in its container in the fridge for a few days.¬† Arugula sold in small bunches can be wrapped in lightly dampened paper towel and stored in an open or perforated¬†plastic ¬†bag in the fridge for a few days – it’s best to use it quickly.
PrepareWash well in a sink of cold water. As you lift the greens out, the grit should be left behind.¬† If it’s really gritty, plunge into cold water a few times.¬† Spin or pat dry.

 

Asparagus

 
PickFirm asparagus spears that have tightly closed tips.
StorageWrap ends in a damp paper towel or stand upright in a glass of water.  Cover with a plastic bag and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
PrepareSnap off or trim and peel the woody ends. Rinse under cold water.

 

Avocados

 
PickFruit that is heavy for its size with no blemishes or sunken soft spots.  An unripe avocado will be firm and green.  A ripe avocado will give slightly to gentle pressure.
Storage Store unripe avocados at room temperature until they soften.  Store ripe avocados in the fridge.
PrepareTo halve an avocado, cut it lengthwise around the pit.  Twist the halves in opposite directions and pull apart.  Firmly smack the seed with the heel of a sharp knife; twist knife and lift out seed.
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