Save Money by Selecting the Best Produce


Every time I go to the grocery store I always sort of “eavesdrop” on people while I’m in the produce section.  I do it so I can learn how to choose the right produce item.  Nothing is worse (or more costly) than bringing home a fruit or vegetable and then a day or two later have it go bad.  I also hate it when I go to make a dish and the item is not as sweet or tasty as it should be.  What a waste.

This week’s Giant Eagles Ad gave some helpful hints to pick a good watermelon.  This has inspired me to research tips on Selecting Produce items that I often just sort of guess on.

Here’s what I found for 7 hard to pick Produce items.

Choosing a Good Watermelon

  1. Check the Weight Heavier is better
  2. Look for the buttery Yellow Ground Spot — This is one I overheard last week in the produce section.`  A ripe watermelon has a deep green rind with a buttery yellow spot where it sat on the ground and ripened
  3. Look for a Smooth Rind — Make sure it’s free of cuts, dents and bruises

Picking a Good Cucumber

  1. Check the Skin Color — It should be bright and even without dullness or sweating
  2. Test the Firmness — It should not bend.`  It should be firm to the very tip of the cucumber
  3. Biggest is not the Best – Smaller cucumbers are criper and have finer seeds making them more appealing to people

Selecting the Best Cantaloupes

Pick one with a rosy glow.`  Notice the difference in the pictures below.`  The top one is the best cantaloupe to pick.


Choosing a Sweet and Tender HoneyDew

  1. Check for Spots — There shouldn’t be any soft spots
  2. Give it a Shake — Holding the Honeydew at both ends shake it side to side (not stem to step) You should hear the seeds shaking a around.

Choosing Fresh Asparagus

  1. Consistent Color from top to bottom
  2. Check the tips — For a fresh set they will be together, with a little bit of spring in them and fluffy.`  They should not be soft and mushy

Picking a Ripe Pineapple

Pull on the leaves at the top and if you give it a little tug it should come right out.

Choosing Good Corn on the Cob

  1. Check the Color of the Husk — It should be bright green
  2. Check the Silk — On good Sweet Ripe corn the silk will be stiff, dark and moist
  3. Touch the Husk — In Ripe corn, you will be able to feel individual kernels by pressing gently against the husk

So hopefully now I won’t just have to guess and will actually get my money’s worth when buying produce.

So what about you?  Do you have some tips on picking produce?  I would love to hear them.  Share them in the Comments or over on The Coupon “High” Facebook Page.

You can find many more Produce Picking Tips HERE.

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  1. These are great tips, thank you!!

  2. With Cantaloupes and HoneyDew there is also a “button”(it is the one that is smooth, not the rough one) on the end of the mellon. When you push it with your thumb nail it should go in some with resistance. If it is very hard to push in the melon is not ripe, if it goes in really easily with no effort at all, the melon is likely spoiled or will be soon.

    With Watermelon I also “knock” on it. If it has a hallow sound it is ripe. If the know just seems to be absorbed by the melon, it is not ripe.


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