Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day, dieticians say. But what if you're on a shoestring budget? There are ways to get good quality veggies at affordable prices.
Buy in season – vegetables are usually at their best quality and price at the peak of the season; check for characteristic signs of freshness such as bright, lively colours and crispness – buying veggies that are already deteriorating is foolish; handle the veggies with care to prevent bruising and damage; don’t buy in bulk – the nutrient content will decline as the vegetables become older; buy locally grown products – they're normally fresher and less expensive; buy onions, butternuts, ginger and chilli – these veggies are generally cheap and will definitely add a bit of zing to your cooking!
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