Top tips for when buying fruit from a food market

When it comes to buying fruit, it’s a better idea to buy it your local food market, rather than at a supermarket. Not only is the fruit the freshest it can be, but if you have any questions or concerns on what it is you could be potentially buying, you can always put your questions directly to the seller.

However, if you don’t plan your visit to a food market, you may end up with nothing. To ensure you avoid this trap, we have compiled the top 5 tips that you need to bear in mind when buying fruit from a local food market.

  1. Speak to the sellers

Going to a busy food market can be daunting, especially when you are not fully confident about what you are doing. However, remember that the sellers are usually happy to answer whatever questions on anything you’re unsure of, like ‘what is the best way to eat this fruit?’ and ‘what recipe does this fruit go best with?’. When a seller is happy to freely talk about his or her produce, then this is a good sign that what they are selling is of a decent quality.

  1. Be aware of what’s in season

In order to get fruit that it’s in a good condition it’s good to know what fruit is in season and what is not.  For example, when shopping in the summer time the fruits that you want to buy might include cherries, apricots and plums.

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  1. Arrange the best time to visit

It’s a well known fact that the earlier you visit the market, the greater chance you have of finding the very best the market has to offer. So go early to avoid missing out on the best fruit, as this won’t be on sale long once the market opens.

  1. Bring money and a bag

When visiting a local food market many sellers will offer a thin and flimsy bag- but these are unable to withstand the weight of your shop. One great tip for visiting a local food market is to bring your own bag. Make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold a lot of items. It’s better to buy in bulk when visiting a food market as you will find its better value for money this way.  Carrying extra money is also a good idea as you might see an item that you like but had not considered buying, so having extra coins or cash will cover any unexpected buys.

  1. Inspect the fruit for problems

Selecting only the best produce is not as difficult as it’s sometimes made out to be. The golden rule for when picking fruit is to use your sense of smell and sight. What does the fruit smell like? Does it look appealing to you?  How does it feel to you? If there is a very strong smell, then the fruit is probably not in the best condition and best left alone.

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