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Food 101: How to properly store fruits and vegetables

Food 101: How to properly store fruits and vegetables

Who doesn’t know this situation? You were feeling good, telling yourself to start living healthier from now on, so you go out there buying enough fruits and vegetables to at least last you a week. Buying in bulk is cheaper, right? But then it happens, after only 2-4 days some of your fruits and vegetables turned bad. But how can this happen? Turns out there is a rather simple explanation for it.  When certain fruits and vegetables are stored together, they cause early spoilage. This is because when fruits and vegetables approach maturity, ethylene is released. Ethylene promotes the ripening of fruits which can cause premature ripening in some foods, while in others it can actually cause damage. So, in order to reduce spoilage of your produce, make sure not to store ethylene-producing fruits and vegetables with those that are sensitive to it.

Check out this chart below to see what fruits and vegetables should NOT be stored together…

 

Ethylene-Producing FruitsEthylene-Sensitive Vegetables
AppleArugula
ApricotAsparagus
Asian pearBeans
AtemoyaBelgian endive
AvocadoBok choy
BananaBroccoflower
ChantaloupeBroccoli
CherimoyaBrussel sprouts
Crenshaw melonCabbage
Custard appleCactus leaves
DurianCarrot
FeijoaCauliflower
FigCelery
GuavaChard
Honeydew melonChayote squash
JackfruitChicory
KiwifruitChili pepper
Mamey sapoteChinese cabbage
MangoCollards
MangosteenCucumber
NectarineEggplant
Passion fruitEndive
PeachEscarole
PearGreen onion
Persian melonGreen tomato
PlumKailon
PruneKale
QuinceKiwano
PapayaLeek
PlantainLettuce
RambutanLongbean
SapoteMint
SoursopMushrooms
Okra
Parsnips
Potato
Snow peas
Spinach
Summer squash
Sweet pea
Turnip greens
Tomatillo
Watercress
Watermelon

This information was provided by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

If you want to dig deeper and learn more about your fruits and vegetables, check out the links below:

http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu/Commodity_Resources/Fact_Sheets/

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/fruit-nutrition-database

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/vegetable-nutrition-database

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