Making the most of our fresh fruit
Every day in UK homes we throw away, equivalent to, approx. 1.4 million whole bananas – costing us around £300 million a year! Read on for some leftover recipe ideas and more...
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 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 and Morrisons 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.
- Bananas are best stored at room temperature.
- Whole pineapple is best stored at a cool temperature but not in the fridge
Leftover apples, pears, plums, strawberries, grapes...
- A great way to to use up your plums and peaches on the turn is pear and plum chutney - good with leftover meats, cheese, in sandwiches...
- Pork Chops with Hot Ripe Fruit and Tomato Salsa is a tasty way to use up fruit just past its best
- Ever tried far free banana ice-cream? Got any bananas looking a bit black? Try this great, super easy idea
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.