Please Explain: Fruits and Vegetables

Friday, May 18, 2007

On today's Please Explain, renowned food journalist Russ Parsons answers your questions about how to pick, store, and prepare the best fruits and vegetables. He's joined by farmer Jeff Bialas, who grows 80 different kinds of vegetables on his family farm in Orange County, New York. Call 212-433-9692 with your questions.

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Jeff Bialas and Russ Parsons

Comments [8]

Michael Safdiah from Fire Island Pines

Great show, but I'd add that onions, garlic if squeezed, tell you how fresh they are If you can crush one in your hand, or one feels soft, pass it up.

Also, look around at the others in the same bin. Do they look fresh, healthy, or are they abused, and old looking?

I'm one of those who see red when someone yanks down the top of an ear of corn. Often they have no idea what they're looking for, and they ruin it.

May. 19 2007 12:59 PM
Chris Spain from Katonah

When you thump watermelons at the market you must remember that unless you have perfect thumping pitch, and can remember what a ripe watermelon sounds like, you should look at the watermelons that have already been cut open, and get a general sense of the ripeness of the batch. For example, if you see that the 1/4'rd watermelons are already soft, then you should modify your search and choose a melon with a higher pitched thump.

May. 18 2007 01:54 PM
Kathy from Glen Cove, NY

There are a couple of websites for local produce: &

May. 18 2007 01:54 PM
Michael from New York, NY

I find that I don't get enough fruits or vegetables because they spoil so quickly. What do you recommend buying that will stay good for a while?

May. 18 2007 01:53 PM
Carolyn from NYC

Why do many pears and apples rot from the inside out? When they finally appear ripe on the outside they are rotten inside.

May. 18 2007 01:53 PM
Halley from Boston, MA

How can you tell if a peach or nectarine is of the variety that is free from the pit, as compared to the kind that attaches and breaks off in a more stringy way?

May. 18 2007 01:49 PM
Nissreen Almazouni from NJ

I want to ask your guest how to store onions. I for years struggled with them because they rotten so quickly.

May. 18 2007 01:46 PM
David Ellertson

Are green,orange and red peppers all the same vegetable at different stages of maturity? Why are the orange and red ones so much more expensive than the green?

May. 18 2007 01:25 PM

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