Purchase of vegetables and fruits
Most fresh vegetables and fruits retain their freshness for a short time under ideal conditions of storage. They belong to the category of perishables (green leafy vegetables) and semi perishables (garlic, onion, roots and tubers) In general freshness, uniformity of size, colour, degree of ripeness and being free from defects are the qualities most sought after while purchasing vegetables and fruits.
When purchasing, select fresh vegetables which are firm, crisp, bright in colour with no visible bruises or signs of decay and wilting.
Select clean leafy vegetables which are fresh,tender, crisp, brightly coloured and free from flowers, insects, mud and spots or holes in the leaves.
While selecting roots and tubers ensure that they are heavy, firm, free from sprouts, heavy in relation to size, with shallow eyes and without green discolouration.
At the peak of season, each vegetable and fruit has the highest nutrient content, flavour and is available at a reasonable price. It is therefore, advisable to buy vegetables and fruits which are in season, as the quality is high and the price is low.