"Place fruit in your shopping cart where it won't get damaged and then pack it safely for the trip home," she said.
"We know it's healthy to wash apples, peaches and pears before eating, but it is also important to wash fruit that you peel - such as oranges and kiwi," Walsten says.
"Wash melons and grapefruit with a vegetable brush to remove dirt, and rinse well before cutting. This prevents bacteria from being transferred from the outside to the inside when cutting through the fruit."
Walsten suggests mixing sliced kiwi, halved grapes and whole strawberries for variety and color. "To keep bananas and apples from turning brown after cutting, try dipping cut pieces in pineapple or orange juice before serving," she says.
"If your favorite fresh fruit is not in season, buy frozen or canned fruit, which is less expensive. Enjoy fruit and dip as a snack or dessert often. By varying flavors or ingredients, you'll discover new favorites," Walsten says.
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