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Fresh Fruits

Before you shop

  • Check your fruit bowl and fridge and write a list of all the items you need and know will be eaten.
  • Try planning your fruit bowl around Scottish fruit in season, it tends to be fresher, tastier and often cheaper.

When you shop

  • When purchasing bananas, think about when you are planning to eat them. You may want to choose some that are already ripe and ready for eating and some slightly greener that can ripen at home for later use.
  • Think of buying fresh produce in smaller quantities more often so you can enjoy it at its best.
  • Try buying your fruit loose so you can buy exactly how much you need – look out for the
    Co-operative loose produce bags which also give you handy storage information.

Making the most of your fruit

  • Often the best place to store your fruit is in the refrigerator, fruit such as apples, oranges, melons, strawberries and grapes will stay fresher for longer if kept in a cool dark location – bring to room temperature prior to eating.
  • Fruit such as bananas and pineapples are best stored at room temperature.

Good for you

  • Fruit and vegetables should make up around a third of the food you eat. We should all try to aim to eat 5-a-day.
  • A portion is usually 80g or any of these:
    • 1 apple, banana, pear, orange or other similar sized fruit
    • 2 plums or similar sized fruit
    • ½ a grapefruit
    • 1 slice of large fruit, such as melon or pineapple
    • 1 handful of grapes, cherries or berries

Source: Food Standards Agency

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