Generally prices are lowest and quality highest
when the fruit is at the peak of its season. Fruits are perishable, so buy only
what is needed; fruit is not always at eating ripeness in the stores
however, so it is often advisable to buy a day or two ahead of time and
let the fruit ripen fully at home. Information is given in this chapter on
what to look for when buying fruits, and on how to ripen and store.
When buying fruit, make sure you're getting what you want that is, avoid purchasing "eating" apples if you want to bake them. Ask your grocers advice if unsure. Do not handle fruit excessively and avoid fruit with bruises. If possible, when buying small fruits and berries already packaged in containers, check the lower levels to make sure the fruit is all of desired size and quality.
To keep fruit from discoloring after slicing, peeling, etc., place in lightly acidulated water until needed. Drain and dry well before using.
Fruits and nuts add variety to diet. They are good cooked, as snacks, for desserts, and many other uses. Many fruits are available canned, and many nuts are available in cans, jars and envelopes.