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Why Extra Large Vegetables Are A Red Flag At The Grocery Store
Giant vegetables might appear to be a good value option, but their size is often achieved by growing them with excessive water, resulting in a bland flavor and unpleasant texture.
Produce size in the same variety can vary greatly depending on the plants' natural environment and the farming techniques employed, including temperature, light, and irrigation.
Excessive watering can lead to larger vegetables, but it also results in diluted taste and fewer nutrients, making outsized veggies a poor value choice and best left on the shelf.
Smaller vegetables tend to pack a more concentrated flavor and higher nutrient density, making them the better value choice over bulkier but less tasty and nutritious produce.
Avoid lackluster salads and vegetable dishes by selecting smaller produce that is heavy and firm, which indicates that it’s fresh and has retained its natural moisture.
If large vegetables are your only option, you could try roasting them or making soup to enhance their flavor and texture and compensate for any initial blandness or toughness.
Opting for smaller produce during your next visit to the grocery store will not only result in tastier and more nutritious meals but also support sustainable farming practices.