Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes — most of us would be hard-pressed to find a fruit that we didn’t like. Fruits are simply not as divisive as vegetables, as they’re sweet, refreshing, and almost never leave you with bad gas in the same way that things like kale and onion can. Simply put, fruit is the best — so why have so many of us been preparing it and eating it all wrong? That’s right: You think you know fruit, but you have no idea. The images below outline all the ways you’re messing up your beloved fruit consumption, from peeling bananas to the many uses of frozen grapes (hint: it involves wine, so it’s automatically awesome). These are all the things you didn’t know about fruit but absolutely should, so you can get on with the business of eating too much of it. Just kidding: There’s no such thing as eating too much fruit, is there?To eat it more efficiently, however, you should start from the bottom and work your way up instead of around.
Instead, skip the knife and simply poke a straw through the bottom of the strawberry and push upwards, perfectly removing the stem.
Cut it in half as normal, push out the center a bit, then just start whacking the back of it with a wooden spoon into a bowl.
Most people peel a banana from the top stem, but the correct way is to actually pinch the bottom and peel upwards.
Instead, use a melon baller to carve out small spheres from the whole apple, then dip those in caramel instead.
For starters, you can use a sturdy glass hooked inside the edge of the peel to scoop out the mango’s innards. Just make sure that you don’t press so hard that the glass shatters.
This mango hack only works if you’ve got patience, a steady hand, and a decent knife. If you do, you’ll soon have the mango bites of your dreams without all of the mess.
All you have to do to get the skin off of these tropical fruits is scrape them off from the inside of the peel with a spoon.
But it is awesome if you cut it up into pieces and freeze it. Think of them like nature’s popsicle bites, available whenever you need a cool snack.
But if you halve them and store them this way, they’ll stay nice and green for whenever you want to eat them.
If you cut the lemon lengthwise, you end up getting more juice from the fruit. It’s also easier to cut into wedges.
Try this trick for the perfect sliced snack without any of the hassle. This will also spare you from the horrors of sticky summer hands.
When you freeze them, they can act as little ice cubes. Pop them into your wine to chill it without watering it down.
If you love dried fruit, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to get it in the bulk section at the store. Instead, you can dry your own by following this handy chart.