Don’t knock ’em: Bruised fruits & veggies pack more of a nutritional punch

Don’t knock ’em until you try ’em!

When a grocery shopper carefully looks over their picks from the vegetable aisle, it’s natural to check to get the prettiest one with the least dents and stress. But even Oprah bragged about her imperfect and flawed tomatoes from her backyard harvest when she posted, “Don’t you love when a tomato is real?”.  An orchardist doesn’t look at stressed fruit or vegetables the same since experimenting with scarred apples to find that they were had up to 5% more sugar than their more beautiful counterparts.

Those blemishes are just battle scars from fighting pests, temperatures, and fighting fungus. It’s possible that these internal struggles produces super fruit and veggies with a little extra vitamin power. Not only is it good for you, but it stops us from wasting perfectly good produce. Next time you’re shopping remember that all fruits and veggies aren’t equal, but the ugly ones definitely aren’t any less.

Read NPR’s article Beneath an ugly outside, marred fruit may pack more nutrition.

 

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