10 Spring Fruits and Veggies You Should Try
The top produce items you're probably not buying -- but ought to be
Fabulous Fruits continued...
3. Passion Fruit
This tropical fruit has a jelly-like inside, sweet-tart in flavor, with
edible seeds. It gets the ooey-gooey award; you have to eat it with a
Buying tips: A ripe passion fruit has a wrinkled outer shell.
Look for fruit that is full of color and fragrance.
Best way to store: If the skin is still smooth, ripen at room
temperature, turning occasionally. Refrigerate ripe fruit in a plastic bag and
use within three days, or freeze it.
Nutritional attributes: 4 pieces of passion fruit (2 1/2
ounces) contain 8 grams of fiber, 10% Daily Value for vitamin A, and 35% for
Eating/cooking tips: Cut the fruit in half and scoop out the
edible pulp and seeds with a spoon. You can use as an ingredient in a smoothie,
or in a sauce or filling.
4. Blood Oranges
They look like regular oranges on the outside, but inside are darkly colored
and full of flavor.
Buying tips: Choose firm oranges that seem heavy for their
size and have a sweet fragrance.
Best way to store: Store on the kitchen counter for up to one
week, or two weeks if refrigerated.
Nutritional attributes: One orange contains 3 grams of fiber,
6% Daily Value for vitamin A, 120% for vitamin C, and 6% for calcium.
Eating/cooking tips: Colorful slices or wedges make great
plate garnishes or a great snack. Segments add color and flavor to fruit salads
or green salads.
5. Star Fruit
This fruit gets the award for the most unusual shape! It adds a refreshing
tropical flavor to any meal or dish.
Buying tips: Look for firm, glossy-skinned fruit without
bruising. Don't worry if you see browning on the tips of the ridges; it's a
sign of ripeness.
Best way to store: Store in the refrigerator in a plastic or
paper bag for up to a week. Or, you can slice the fruit and freeze it in
Nutritional attributes: One fruit contains 30% Daily Value for
Eating/cooking tips: Slice it horizontally into star shapes,
and you have fun garnish for your plate or an attractive addition to any fruit
salad or green salad. Remove the seeds before eating.