Fruit Tips

Fruits must be firm, should smell nice and have a good color. The best looking fruit may not have the best taste. Buy fruit when it is in season. The cost is lower and the fruit is at its best.

Buy fruits that are ripe, are bright in color, and do not have spots on them. Fruits are bad if they have cuts or openings that would allow germs to enter.

Do not eat fruit that has mold or looks bruised.

You can help fruits that are not ripe to become fully ripened. In order to ripen the fruit quickly, place it in a brown paper bag and close the bag for a few days. For faster results, place an apple in the bag with the fruit you are trying to ripen.

Wash fresh fruits before you eat them but do not wash them with soap; just water is fine.

Berries should not be washed until just before you are ready to eat them.

Dried fruits are easy to use, easy to store, and make a great snack. They can be used in salads or other foods to add to a meal.

Fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach or before your meals.

If you eat fruit on an empty stomach, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

If you learn the correct way of eating fruit, you will discover the natural secrets of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up.

Don't eat cooked fruit because you don't get the proper nutrients at all. You only get the taste. Cooking destroys the vitamins and delicate enzymes.

Eating a whole fruit is healthier than drinking the juice. If you want to drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it.

Stop choking - If a pill gets stuck in your throat, chewing a banana well and swallowing it should dislodge the pill.

If you are preparing fruit for canning, keep peeled, halved, quartered, sliced or diced fruits in a solution of 3 grams (3000 milligrams) ascorbic acid to 1 gallon of cold water. This procedure is also good for preventing stem-end discoloration in cherries and grapes, and useful in maintaining the natural color of vegetables such us potatoes, mushrooms, etc. You can get ascorbic acid in different forms:

- Pure Powdered Form--seasonally available in your grocery store or among canners' supplies in supermarkets. One level teaspoon of pure powder weighs about 3 grams. Use 1 teaspoon per gallon of water as a treatment solution.

- Vitamin C Tablets--economical and available year-round in many stores. Buy 500-milligram tablets; crush and dissolve six tablets per gallon of water as a treatment solution.

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Did You Know?
Fruits are gradually growing to be less seasonal and more a daily food, and are thus constantly becoming more prevalent in the regular diet.

This condition may be attributed to the present rapid means of transportation and the excellent methods of cold storage that exist. Through these agencies it is possible to ship more or less perishable fruits long distances from their native localities and at times of the year other than the particular season in which they are at their best in the places where they are grown. Thus, fruits that were formerly considered a luxury may now be served regularly, even on the tables of people having only moderate income.

The fact that fruits are being more extensively used every day is as it should be, for this wholesome, appetizing, attractive, and healthy food is entitled to an important place in our regular diet.

There is no such thing as acidic fruit, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruit become alkaline in our body.

Never freeze a whole or cut avocado, only avocado puree
may be frozen. Even though there are many recipes that call
for cooking avocados, the peak flavor, beneficial nutrients, and proper texture can only be found in the raw fruit.

You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruit and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

Although we usually think of citrus fruits as the main source of vitamin C, black currants contain much more of this vital nutrient. Just one cup has nearly 203 mg. of vitamin C, or about 338 percent of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance), compared with about 69 mg. for a 4-1/2 oz. orange.
The oil from black currant seeds also contains rich stores of gamma linolenic acid, one of the omega-3 EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids).

Eat figs. This versatile fruit contains generous amounts of calcium, phosphorus, iron and fibre. If figs are dipped in semisweet chocolate they will make a decadent addition to your festive table.