The quality of your juices is determined by the quality of fruits you pick out at the farmers market or at the farm gate. When I was starting out in this business, this was a very difficult thing for me. At times, I got it right, other times it was a total disaster. Now, let me show you a couple of things to look out for when picking out fruits for your juices. Taste is everything, well at least 99 percent of the time! So you need to get this right.
Selecting or picking out good and quality fruits is not rocket Science, well now that I think about, there is a little bit of science to it. Your senses of touch, smell and touch are your best pals for this one. You will have to smell, touch and take a very good look at your friends. Now let’s take the fruits one at a time.
The first fruit to look at is the pineapple. I use a ton of pineapples. Pineapple juice forms the base of all my juices. Pineapples are generally sweet and will combine with almost any fruit. When shopping for pineapples, STAY AWAY FROM GREEN PINEAPPLES. Green pineapples are not ripe and not safe for consumption. You want the colour of your pineapple to range from yellowish green to golden green. When you touch the pineapple, it should give slightly to the touch. Unripe pineapples are green and hard. They produce very sour and acidic juice.
Watermelons are so refreshing and easy to juice, but selecting a good one can be a bit of a hustle. I learned this trick from the women in Madina who sell the fruits in the farmers market. Basically, you keep the watermelon a tap or let’s say a generous slap. If you feel a vibration from within, then, my friend you have a keeper! I will write a more detail post about the varieties of watermelons available in Ghana soon, stay tuned! Please smell your watermelons if you can, if it smells funny, just let it go. Make sure there are no injuries or cuts on the fruit. If you are going to use it immediately cut it up with a clean knife so you are sure the fruit is wholesome. I have had instances of buying a very nice looking watermelon, only to cut it up to find it’s rotten in the inside. Trust me it happens.
Mangoes are very difficult to manage, but I will say, stay away from any mango that looks overly ripe and very soft to the touch. You want a fruit that gives slightly to the touch. Mind you, I only use the exotic variety of mangoes for my juices. The local ones, well, I just don’t like how their taste. Plus, they are so tiny.
Oranges. honestly, Ghanaian oranges are by far the most difficult fruits to juice. The juice never comes out, right. Make sure to insist on ripe oranges. Make sure your oranges are yellow or orange in colour. Green oranges are a no no! You don’t want them.
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