We have established that I am rather enthusiastic about making juices and smoothies, which inevitably leads me to buying much produce that I don’t grow, in bulk.
Many of my juices are based with carrots, apples or oranges, to which I add berries, either frozen or fresh. And seeing as I consider myself (almost) an expert at buying produce for my smoothie and juice endeavors, I thought I would share!
The produce used for smoothies and juices should be as fresh as possible, unless of course they are intended to be frozen. This ensures that you get the maximum amount of nutrients possible.
It’s worth mentioning that for those of us who reside in winter climates, frozen produce is an excellent option, as it is generally frozen at its peak so as to lock in the key nutrients. In the summer months, scour your local market and buy in bulk and freeze your own summer produce for use in the winter months!
All fruits and vegetables benefit from being stored in cool, dry conditions. However, if the fruit is slightly under ripe and too firm to be juiced, it will certainly benefit from a sunny windowsill for a few days, as this will expedite ripening.
Store similar produce together and separate from others, since various fruits and vegetables ripen differently. One can affect the other, leading to premature aging.
It is no secret that organic produce is the more expensive option, but there are clear advantages to springing the extra cash. We limit our exposure to pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers when we opt for organic produce.
There are those that even argue that organic produce tastes better, as it hasn’t been bulked up with excess water – meaning that our blends and juices benefit by having a more robust flavor. This is for you to decide. However, I would suggest you refer to the dirty dozen list and choose organic for anything on that is named.
Success at juicing and blending is largely based on the quality of the produce that you use, so I hope this guide shines some light on how to buy your produce wisely.