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Coles fresh fruit

Coles Fresh Fruit

Below are some tips to help you select the best fresh fruit at Coles. We recommend selecting fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables wherever possible

Apples

How to Select

Select your apple variety according to how sweet or tart you like your apples. For example, select a Fuji apple if you want a sweeter apple or a Granny Smith if you like a more tart taste. Ensure that it is firm and has limited bruising or cuts in the skin.

How to Store
Store apples away from direct sunlight, preferably in the fridge.

In season
Autumn (although apple harvest dates do vary slightly from year to year)

Apples

Apricots

How to select
Ensure the fruit is plump and free from blemishes, bruises and green colouring.

How to store
Ripen at room temperature and then store in the fridge for up to one week.

In season
Summer

Apricots

Hass Avocados

How to select

To test for ripeness, apply gentle pressure on the stem end. If it gives slightly, it is ready to eat.

How to store
The avocado starts its natural ripening process once it is picked. To help with ripening place in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana and keep at room temperature.

When ripe a whole avocado can be stored in your refrigerator for two to three days.

In season
Winter/Spring (with Shepard avocados coming into season in late Summer/early Autumn)

Avocados

Bananas

How to select
Bananas should be slightly green, firm and show no visible bruises.

How to store
Bananas are best stored at room temperature, away from the heat and sunlight. You can speed up the ripening process by placing the bananas in an open paper bag on the kitchen bench.

In season
Summer

Bananas

Blueberries

How to select
Blueberries should be clean and bright with good colour.

How to store 
Do not pre-wash and store in refrigerator, wash them just before eating. Consume as soon as possible.

In season
Summer

Blueberries

Cherries

How to select
Choose cherries that are large, heavy and firm with a shiny skin and fresh stem. Colours of cherries are varied depending on varieties.

How to store 
Keep lightly covered in the coolest part of your refrigerator and away from strong smelling food as they will absorb odour. Leaving the stems on will keep cherries fresher for longer.

In season
Summer

Cherries

Chestnuts

Chestnuts are gaining popularity in Australia, and with their firm ‘baked potato’ texture and sweet, nutty flavour, it’s easy to see why.

Preparation
Cut or score halfway around the outer and inner shell and then roast over an open fire or in the oven for 25-30 minutes, turning after 15 minutes. Also try cooking them in the microwave, on the BBQ, in the sandwich press, hotplate or frying pan.

How to store 
Chestnuts have high moisture content, so keep them in an airtight container in the fridge.

In season
Autumn/Winter

Chestnuts

Coconuts

There are drinking coconuts and mature coconuts. Drinking coconuts contain refreshing juice and jelly like meat, while the mature contain white flesh for cooking and baking.

How to select
Mature coconuts have hard, fibre-covered brown shell. When shaken you should be able to hear liquid inside.

How to store 
Store in a cool, dark and dry place. When husked and cut, store in the refrigerator for a short time.

In season
Winter

Coconuts

Custard apples

Custard Apple takes between 20 and 25 weeks to reach maturity in sub-tropical climates where the days are not too hot and the nights not too cool.

How to select
Select pale green custard apples with a creamy colour between the blemishes. The fruit should yield to gentle pressure when ripe. Eat when soft.

How to store 
Ripen at room temperature and when ripe, store in the refrigerator.

In season
Autumn

Custard apples

Figs

Figs can be eaten fresh, dried, roasted, stewed, preserved, added to salads or soaked in liqueur and served over ice-cream.

How to select
Look for plump and unbroken skin.

How to store 
Keep dry and store in the refrigerator for a short period of time.

In season
Summer

Figs

Grapes

Enjoy grapes eaten fresh, on cheese platters, or as an ingredient in salads and cooked desserts

How to select
Choose bunches of grapes that are plump, firm, well coloured and are firmly attached to a healthy, green stem.

How to store 
Store in the refrigerator.

In season
Summer / Autumn - Australian

Winter / Spring - Californian

Grapes

Kiwifruit

How to select
Kiwifruit should be blemish free and show no visible signs of damage to exterior. Ripe fruit should give slightly when in the palm of the hand.

How to store 
Store in the fruit bowl at room temperature. Once the fruit is ripened, it can be refrigerated for up to a week.

In season
Autumn, Winter

Kiwifruit

Lemons

How to select
Lemons should have a good, glossy yellow colour. Choose fruit that seems to be heavy for its size as this indicates it'll be super-juicy. Ripe lemons have a pleasant citrus fragrance.

How to store 
Depending on use and desired period of storage, store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

In season
Winter

Lemons

Longans

Related to the lychee, longans are a good source of vitamin C and dietary fibre.

How to select
Select firm yellow/brown coloured fruit. Skin hardens as fruit ripens.

How to store 
Ripen at room temperature and store in the refrigerator for a short time.

In season
Late Summer, early Autumn

Logans

Lychees

Lychees are a delicate fruit with a sweet, floral fragrance, especially when fresh. They're great in fresh, simple salads.

How to select
Select firm fruit with no signs of decay at the stem end.

How to store
Store in the refrigerator crisper where it will keep well.

In season
Summer

Lychees

Mandarins

Mandarins have a sweet flavour and are easy to peel. Try the Amour Mandarins; they are only available at Coles.

How to select
Choose mandarins that are heavy for their size indicating they're juicy. Good quality mandarins will be glossy with unbroken skin and no excessive markings or soft spots.

How to store 
Store at room temperature in the fruit bowl for up to a week or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

In season
Winter

Mandarins

Mangoes

How to select
The best way to buy a mango is to simply use your nose. A ripe fresh mango should have a fragrant tropical fruity aroma, a full colour and will give slightly to the touch, but stay away from very soft or bruised fruit.

How to store 
Unripe mangos should be stored at room temperature. Once fully ripe, they can be put in the refrigerator for a few days. Remember to avoid putting Mangoes in a plastic bag, as they need the natural air.

In season
Spring

Mangoes

Mangosteen

Unrelated to the mango, mangosteen is one of the most popular tropical fruits. The white flesh tastes very sweet and juicy, with a lemon tang.

How to select
Select dark red fruit, with healthy calyx (leaves) that gives to gentle pressure. Do not cut the mangosteen in half, but slightly through the skin all the way around, and remove the top.

How to store 
Ripen at room temperature and store in the refrigerator for a short time.

In season
Autumn

Mangosteen

Nectarines

How to select
Select fruit free from blemishes, bruises and green colouring. Nectarines should be yellow/cream in colour.

How to store 
Ripen at room temperature and then store in the fridge for up to one week.

In season
Summer

Nectarines

Oranges

How to select
To choose oranges - famously rich in vitamin C - select firm, orange fruit that is heavy for its size.

How to store 
Store at room temperature in the fruit bowl for up to a week r in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

In season
Winter

Oranges

Passionfruit

Passionfruit is a good source of dietary fibre. It's used to flavour drinks, confectionery, icing, cakes and ice-cream. Traditional and larger Panama varieties are available.

How to select
Select passionfruits that are smooth or lightly wrinkled and heavy for their size with their colour being a deep purple, yellow or red.

How to store 
Store your Passionfruit in a fruit bowl for up to 10 days or refrigerate for a long period.

In season
Summer

Passionfruit

Pawpaw

Unlike many other soft-fleshed fruits, pawpaw can be cut and prepared ahead of serving time - it does not darken or discolour when exposed to air.

How to select
Select fruit that gives slightly to pressure around the stem end. Red Papaya is smaller and thinner with very different flavour than the larger yellow Pawpaw.

How to store 
Ripen at room temperature and then store in the refrigerator for a short period.

In season
Summer

Pawpaw

Peaches

How to select
Ensure the fruit is plump and free from blemishes, bruises and green colouring.

How to store 
Ripen at room temperature and then store in the fridge for up to one week.

In season
Summer

Peaches

Pears

How to select
Select pears with no bruises. Ripe pears should be slightly firm and give to gentle pressure at the stem end. Colour depends on variety, with some varieties like Williams Pears turning golden yellow when ripe.

How to store 
Ripen at room temperature and then place in refrigerator.

In season
Autumn

Pear

Persimmons

How to select
The fruit can range in colour from light yellow to a deep red orange depending on variety and stage of season. Despite being firm to touch, handle persimmons with care as the thin skin is delicate and can bruise easily. Surface blemishes do not effect eating quality. Look for brown freckle marking on the skin surface, often in the small clusters - sign of sugars therefore a sweet tasting persimmon.

How to store 
Store at room temperature in the fruit bowl. If over ripe they can be refrigerated. Early season stringent varieties need to be soft before eating, but non-stringent varieties (Pfuyu and Jiro) should be eaten firm like an apple.

In season
Autumn

Persimmons

Pineapples

How to select

Select fruit that is plump, heavy for its size, green to yellow with a distinctive sweet-tropical aroma. Look for yellow colour in center of eyes at base of pineapple, preferably two or three eyes high to ensure a sweet tasting pineapple.

How to store
Pineapples can be left at room temperature for a couple of days. They can also be wrapped in plastic and stored in the refrigerator for a few days until you are ready to cut and serve. Once cut, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

In season
Spring

Pineapples

Pomegranates

How to select
Select wrinkle-free fruit of light to dark red colour.

How to store
Store in a fruit bowl or refrigerate for longer period. Break the fruit opened in a bowl of water and remove the sweet red arils (flesh attached to the seeds). Add to salads or eat them by the handful.

In season
Autumn

Pomegranates

Raspberries

How to select
Look for berries that are firm and bright. Colours may vary depending on the varieties. Ensure the skin is smooth, without signs of dehydration.

How to store
Always keep berries refrigerated, as they will spoil quickly if they are kept at room temperature. Store them in a container to prevent squashing or bruising in the fridge. If there are any damaged berries or signs of mould, remove them immediately. Lastly, only wash berries immediately before use, as storing them wet will lead to early spoilage.

In season
Summer

Raspberries

Ruby grapefruit

How to select
Ruby grapefruit is best identified by its pink blush. It is the most fragrant of the citrus clan and has a sweet after taste.

How to store
Store at room temperature in the fruit bowl for up to a week or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

In season
Winter

Ruby grapefruit

Strawberries

How to select
Look for berries that are firm, bright and uniform in colour. Ensure the skin is smooth, without signs of dehydration.

How to store
Always keep berries refrigerated, as they will spoil quickly if they are kept at room temperature. Store them in a container to prevent squashing or bruising in the fridge. If there are any damaged berries or signs of mould, remove them immediately. Lastly, only wash berries immediately before use, as storing them wet will lead to early spoilage.

In season
Spring

Strawberries

Tamarillo

Also known as a tree tomato, this subtropical fruit ranges in colour from purple to yellow. Scoop out the tangy, tart flesh and add it to your breakfast.

How to select
Select well shaped fruit with good colour. Fresh green stems and yield to gentle pressure.

How to store 
Ripen at room temperature or store in the refrigerator.

In season
Winter, Spring

Tamarillo

Watermelon

How to select
Watermelons should have smooth firm skin, and make a hollow sound when tapped.

How to store
Store whole watermelon first at room temperature and then seal in the refrigerator.

In season
Summer

Watermelon