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“Finish your veggies,” a phrased many of us have heard growing up as a child in a typical Asian household. As commonly emphasized by our elders, vegetables are a crucial source of nutrients that some of our other consumptions do not provide.

It is known to have a high content of fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and more. Research has shown that vegetables have been able to reduce constipation, avoid heart disease, stroke and many other illnesses that can prove to be fatal. 

Open chiller filled with vegetables

Picking out farm fresh vegetables at your morning market or a supermarket can be overwhelming at times, especially when you don’t know how to pick them. When faced with heaps upon heaps of vegetables and no prior experience whatsoever, shopping for your dose of greens for a healthy and balanced diet can be difficult. 

So we are faced with the pressing question, which ones do we pick out of the lot and proceed to the paying counter? 

No worries, here’s how to pick out only the freshest vegetables of the lot. You know what they say, the fresher the greens, the better! #BetterTogether

1. Consistency 

Green vegetables

By consistency, the vegetable’s surface needs to be evenly coloured throughout. Of course, that doesn’t mean it has to be perfectly coloured as shown in children’s colouring books, but rather a good majority of the vegetable possesses the same colour.  

2. Solidity

Sliced cucumbers on chopping board

When picking out vegetables such as lettuce, cucumbers, eggplants and peppers,

ensure they are firm and hard all around. Softness in any part of the vegetable is a good indication that the vegetable has becoming overripe and slowly rotting away – not ideal for the picking. 

You might also want to pay attention to the base of root vegetables such as garlic and onions. If you happen to find cracks or roots jutting out, it would mean the vegetable is too dry and over-ripping respectively. 

3. Leafy greens

Leafy vegetables in a bowl

Vegetables are known as greens for a reason! Hence why when picking leafy vegetables, ensure they are green.

Leave some room for flaws as you might encounter some minor tears and slight brownness on the leaves from shipping but nothing too heinous for immediate rejection.

Long beans and many other stumpy vegetables should provide cracking snap indicating that the vegetable is still fresh. 

4. Smell 

Woman smelling vegetables

One indication when picking the right fruit is the smell, however, vegetables usually smell the same. Stay clear of vegetables with a mouldy and stinky smell as it is surpassing its expiry date.

A fun fact, some of the same rules when picking up vegetables at the supermarket apply when we pick out our fruits as well. For a quick 101 on fruits picking, we’ve got “Quick Tips on How to Pick Fresh Fruits” to guide you through your fruit shopping.

Asian woman picking vegetables

There’s you go, easy-PEAsy (pun intended). Now you would have no fret shopping for your farm fresh vegetables, and guess what, we at HappyFresh abide the same rules too 🙂 So instead of having to shop for your vegetables by yourself, let us do the shopping for you.

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