Really Fresh Fruit Ideas

Really Fresh Fruit Ideas

 

How to turn two favorites into easy, tasty treats.

Watermelons

Choose: Symmetrical ones that have dark green skin and feel heavy for their size.

Store: Whole watermelon in the fridge for up to t week. Once cut, the fruit should be tightly wrapped and refrigerated: try to use it within a day.

Why It’s Great: It is rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may fight cancer. Plus, watermelon is about 92 percent water; so eating it is a yummy way to stay hydrated on hot summer days.

Just Avoid: Ones with a green or white spot on the bottom – it means the watermelon may not be ripe. The spot should be creamy yellow.

Try This: Blend cut-up watermelon: strain to remove seeds. Add a bit of lime juice and tequila or vodka, serve chilled.

Plums

Choose: Firm fruit that gives slightly tog gentle pressure.

Store: In a plastic bag in the fridge for up to four days. Keep under ripe plums in a bowl at room temperature until they soften.

Why It’s Great: Plums provide vitamin A and C, as well as vitamin K, which is important for bone density and healthy blood clotting.

Just Avoid: Any that have cracks or blemishes, or those with mushy parts.

Try This: Thinly slice some plums and layer them on sourdough bread with Brie and grainy mustard, then toast in the toaster oven. Serve open-faced.

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