How to Choose and Store Apples, Pears and Fall Vegetables
Choose firm, shiny and smooth-skinned apples with intact stems and fresh smell, not musty. Refrigerate in a plastic bag away from foods with strong odors. Use within three weeks.
What’s the best snacking apple? Just about any variety – Braeburn, Cameo, Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Jazz, Jonagold, McIntosh, Cripps Pink and Red Delicious.
Store firm, unripened pears in a paper bag at room temperature. Refrigerate ripe pears.
What is an Asian Pear? Like a cross between apples and pears with smooth skin and yellow-brownish color, they’re crisp, juicy and slightly sweet. Select fragrant and unbruised fruit with little or no brown spots. Store one week at room temperature or up to three months refrigerated.
Choose odorless broccoli heads with tight, blue-green florets. Refrigerate and use within three to five days. Choose firm, compact bright green Brussels sprout heads. Refrigerate in plastic bag up to one week. Choose cauliflower with compact, white florets and minimal brown spots. Refrigerate in plastic bag up to five days.
Related recipes: Oven Roasted Fall Vegetables
|About the Author: Registered dietitian Kim Galeaz is an Indianapolis-based writer and culinary-nutrition consultant to the food, beverage and agriculture industry. She also blogs at The Dietitian Does dessert … Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Too.|