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Producer expert Thanh Truong reveals the biggest mistakes you make with your raspberries

Why you store your raspberries incorrectly: Fruit expert lists the most important mistakes you make with your summer berries

  • ‘Fruit nerd’ Thanh Truong has revealed some tips related to raspberries
  • They are a summer fruit and therefore taste best from December to February
  • Choose a container without ‘juice’ at the bottom of the package
  • Mr. Truong also shared why fruits have a bad reputation for causing pimples


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A self-proclaimed ‘fruit geek’ has revealed how to pick the ripest berries on supermarket shelves — and why you’ve been storing your raspberries incorrectly in the fridge.

Melbourne-based producer expert Thanh Truong has explained why raspberries only last a few days if not removed from their plastic packaging – but grapes are the opposite – and why Australians need to understand their ‘warm’ and ‘cold’ fruits to to remain ‘balanced’.

Mr. Truong noted that it is very difficult to understand seasonality more when it comes to our fruit, as farmers are finding ways to grow food year-round using new techniques.

“Raspberries have always been a summer fruit and they still taste the best between December and February,” he told the Daily Mail Australia.

Producer expert Thanh Truong (pictured), who lives in Melbourne, explains why raspberries only last a few days if they are not removed from their plastic packaging

Producer expert Thanh Truong (pictured), who lives in Melbourne, explains why raspberries only last a few days if they are not removed from their plastic packaging

“The protected cultivation allows us to grow them in the winter by covering the berry vines with a white canvas tent and keeping the heat in – just like the growing conditions in summer – but winter raspberries don’t last very long at home.”

Instead, Mr. Truong recommends sticking to the season when they grow best naturally and looking for signs of over-ripening in the package.

The “soaking pad” under the raspberries should not overflow with juice, and if so, “don’t buy.”

MISTAKES YOU MAKE WITH RASPBERRIES:

Raspberries are a summer fruit

Raspberries are a summer fruit

Raspberries are a summer fruit

Despite being available in supermarkets all year round, raspberries are a summer fruit and taste best between December and February.

Choose a container with no ‘juice’ at the bottom of the soaking pad, as this is a hint that the fruit is old inside and will not keep very long in the fridge.

If you keep your raspberries in the fridge, remove them from the plastic container and place each on a plate, to separate them in case one starts to mold – it won’t affect the whole bunch.

“It means they’re old. So unless you’re going to be eating them for the next hour, go for those that are deep red in color without any visible juice,” he said.

Once you’ve bought a container, place each raspberry on a plate, spreading it out over each other. This prevents mold from spreading if any of them in the package are infected.

The same can’t be said for strawberries and grapes, though, as they thrive best in the fridge when stacked on top of each other, still in their plastic wrap.

Grapes retain a lot of energy from the vine when they are still attached to it. So keep them in the sealed bag, in the crisper drawer,” Mr. Truong said.

‘Strawberries are very permeable, so they dry out quickly if you don’t store them in the container.

Fruit galore: While fruit has long been suspected of causing pimples, Mr Truong confirmed the connection and explained why it happens

Fruit galore: While fruit has long been suspected of causing pimples, Mr Truong confirmed the connection and explained why it happens

Fruit galore: While fruit has long been suspected of causing pimples, Mr Truong confirmed the connection and explained why it happens

‘Farmers pick their strawberries before they are fully ripened with the white part on it. Look for strawberries with as much red color as possible, because they are the ripest.’

While it was long suspected that fruit can cause pimples, Mr. Truong confirmed the connection and provided an explanation as to why it happens.

‘It has been well studied over time. In the days of Greek thought, they insisted on moderation for a good diet and a good person in society,” he said.

Each fruit tends to be either “warm” or “cold” – something also known and studied in Chinese medicine – and the individual must eat a selection of both sides to be able to say balanced.

“Mangoes are hot, while blueberries have a cooling effect on the body,” he continued (stock image)

“Mangoes are hot, while blueberries have a cooling effect on the body,” he continues.

Other warm fruits include lemon, pomegranate, oranges, and dates, while the cooler options include blackberries, grapes, bananas, pineapple, and nectarine.

Having an excessive amount of “hot” fruit can make your skin inflamed, so it’s best to keep an eye on the balance when snacking.

You can find the ‘fruit nerd’ Thanh Truong on Instagram here for more eating tips.

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