With the way the world has developed, modern people just want to have something fast and easy to make especially when it comes to food. But we sometimes forget that the food we eat is actually not just a source of energy but also the main thing that gives us nutrition and the ability to fight diseases. That’s why when you buy your ingredients at the supermarket, you always have to check for freshness especially when you are buying vegetables.
There are many ways to get a hand on your veggies. Vegetable importers in Dubai, for example, deliver them to various grocery chains or bigger markets and then these will be sold in smaller retail stores or vendors. So if you do your own grocery shopping, here are certain tips on how to know your vegetables are fresh and were handled properly by the sellers/importers.
When buying your broccoli at supermarkets or individual vendors, make sure to pick those ones that have stalks that are firm and tight. The buds of the broccoli should have a dark green vibrant color and the smell should be that of fresh leaves not the smell of old, wet soil or leaves. If you see broccoli that are already yellowish or greenish brown in color, don’t buy them anymore as they have been sitting on the shelf for too long.
Carrots are a bit tricky to buy and know if they are still fresh. They don’t really change in appearance as drastic as broccolis, so the way to know if they are still good is to actually touch them and feel their texture. If the carrots are still firm and do not have roots, then they are fresh and ready to be eaten with your salads. However, of the carrots you see have wrinkly exterior and soft texture when you press your fingers on them, then they are old and not the best ones to put in your fresh salads or snacks. For old carrots, you can still use them for soups and juices.
Do you cook a lot of eggplants? Well then you should know how to spot an old one from a fresh one. Since they have a dark color, it would be quite hard to tell if they are still fresh. The trick is to choose those ones that have a smooth skin free from dark brown spots and indentations on the vegetable. If you press the eggplant and the flesh slightly gives and immediately bounces back, then that is a good and ripe eggplant. If the indentation remains, then the vegetable is too old or overripe and you would want to stay away from that.
These are just some of the common vegetables we buy in the market and ones that are difficult to tell whether they are fresh or not. For other vegetables, remember that it’s best to not just base it on looks, but to also touch them, feel their texture, and smell them so that you can tell if they are not rotting.
Source: Esurf Trading