To add more fruits and vegetables in your diet, you’ve got to shop for them. The following are helpful tips to make the most out of your produce purchase:

    • Look for fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season. Not only is there a chance that they’ll be on sale, but you’ll appreciate the fresh flavor.


    • If you find ripening pears at home challenging, try purchasing pre-ripened Stemilt pears from your local store. Just like bananas and avocados, pears can be conditioned to be ripe and ready to eat the day you purchase them.


    • When selecting apples, check the fruit for firmness. Nine times out of ten, a firm apple will be a crisp apple.


    • Looking for a convenient snack item? Your local supermarket offers plenty of prepared items, including sliced apples, salad mixes, sliced carrots and more.


    • Be sure to check the use-by date on all prepackaged fruits and veggies. It will help you plan how much time you have to use it.


    • Because of their perishable nature, it’s good to have a plan in place for your fresh fruits and veggies before you buy them. You don’t want to end up throwing them away.


    • When selecting cherries, look for firm, shiny fruit with green stems. These are all signs of freshness.


    • Involve your kids in the shopping process by letting them pick out a fruit or veggie that they want to try. Chances are, if they picked it out, they will eat it!


    • Don’t hesitate to ask a produce clerk if you have a question or want advice about what to try. They are very knowledgeable and happy to help.