Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Guides in Buying Vegetables

I mentioned in my last post that vegetables are very important in our diet because it contains vitamins and minerals. Now it’s even more important if we carefully choose and inspect the vegetables that we buy from the market. We should know how to pick the good and fresh ones to maximize the goodness of this very healthy food.

Here are some guides that you can follow in buying vegetables:

1. Buy a cabbage head that is heavy and solid. Cabbage heads are sold by the kilo.
2. Radishes are firm when newly harvested. The green leafy tops are fresh looking not wilted. They are bought by the bunch or by piece. Sometimes there are six radishes in a bunch.
3. Buy fresh green beans. They are crisp and the pods snap easily. You buy them by the kilo. You get your money’s worth by cooking them right away.
4. Carrots should be firm. The leafy tops should be green and fresh looking
5. String beans should have green pods and tender seeds. They are sold by the bundle.
6. Fresh tomatoes have smooth skin, free from black spots. Ripe tomatoes are orange red in color. Tomatoes are sold by the piece, or by the kilo.
7. Lettuce leaves are light green in color. They should look fresh not wilted. They are sold by the kilo or by the head.
8. Pechay and spinach leaves should be green and fresh looking not wilted. They are old by the kilo or by the bundle.
9. Green peppers are dark green in color when freshly harvested. They are sold by the kilo.
10. Kinchay and other celery leaves should be fresh looking not wilted.
11. Buy corn on the cob. The corn grains or seeds are big and uniform in size. Corn is sold by the piece.
12. A good squash fruit when pressed with the fingernails feels a little sticky. It is sold by the piece.

Encourage your kids and other members of the family to make it a habit to eat vegetables. There are many delicious recipes where you can use different kinds of vegetables like sauted togue, chopsuey, pinacbet, bulanglang, dinengdeng, sauted mixed vegetables, lumpia, eggplant and more.

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