In November, make sure you fill up your basket with the following fruits for a quick and healthy snack:
- Pears – don’t be boring and stick with just one variety. Make sure you get a good mix of several types of pears (Conference, Cosia, Anjou, etc). When pears give slightly to thumb pressure, then they are ripe and ready to eat.
- Persimmons (also called Sharon fruit) – look for evenly coloured orange persimmons
with as few bruises as possible. The skin is edible and there are no seeds inside. There are several varieties of persimmons, but two popular ones are Fuyu and Hachiya. Fuyu persimmons are round and flattish. They are non-astringent therefore are delicious either crisp or soft. I like to eat them when they give slightly under thumb pressure. Hachiya persimmons are taller and have an oval shape. They are high in tannins and therefore very astringent and unpleasant to eat when not fully ripe. A Hachiya is ripe when it is very soft and squashy, almost gelatinous inside. A good way to check if a persimmon is ripe is if the calyx (the leaves at the top of the fruit) is easy to pry off with your fingers.
- Passion fruit – passion fruit is ripe when it’s skin is wrinkly. If you buy smooth passion fruits, let them sit at room temperature until their skins wrinkle. To eat passion fruit, cut it down the center into two halves using a sharp knife and then scoop out the edible seeds and jelly which is inside.
- Pomegranates – the skin and white pithe of a pomegranate are inedible, but it’s generous offering of ruby red seeds are edible. You can eat the entire crunchy seed, not just the red part around the seed. I have written useful a guide on How To Easily And Quickly Cut And De-seed A Whole Pomegranate.
- Also look out for the large variety of citrus fruits which are starting to come into season now.
The above fruits are in season in November in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, November seasonal fruits include mangoes, pineapples, melons, plums, cherries and strawberries.
Share your thoughts: What are the fresh fruits and vegetables you are snacking on this November?