Guide to Buying Fresh Produce
At Costa Vida, we believe the best flavors start with the best ingredients. Our tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cilantro have to be grown in the best conditions and harvested at the peak of freshness to make our signature pico de gallo taste just right. Our avocados must be ripe and creamy to become our craveable guacamole.
Knowing how and when to buy produce is a useful, budget-friendly skill that will ensure your meals and snacks are flavorful and healthy. Overripe produce spoils quickly, wasting your food budget. Underripe produce cannot be used right away and does not have a fully developed flavor. To help you navigate the produce department on your next grocery trip, we’ve listed a few tips to help you get the best flavor for your budget!
Shop by Season
Sure, you can buy most produce year-round, but you will get the best flavors during peak season. Find the best time of year to buy certain fruits and vegetables here.
Watch the Surface
This rule applies especially to fruits, melons, and vegetables. The surface of your produce should feel even, without dents or soft spots. This indicates the flesh is bruised or overripe.
It’s OK to smell produce before you buy it. Fragrant fruits that smell overly sweet may be past their prime. Fruits and vegetables should have no hint of mold or spoilage.
Your greens should be crisp and firm with no sign of wilt or browning. Pay special attention to insect damage indicated by holes in the leaves.
Ask an Expert
When in doubt, ask a grocery specialist. The people working in the produce department will know how to help you find produce that is in season and at its peak.
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