HOW TO STORE FRUIT & VEGETABLES

HERE IS OUR GUIDE FOR GENERAL STORAGE OF YOUR FRUIT AND VEGETABLES AT HOME

Always store fruits and vegetables in separate compartments of your refrigerator or cupboard. This is because fruits give off ethylene gas, an odourless, colourless gas that speeds ripening and can lead to the premature decay of nearby ethylene-sensitive vegetables.

If you store your fruit and vegetables in plastic bags, use perforated bags. This helps retain moisture as well as allows airflow. Using sealed bags where the items cannot breath can encourage the growth of fungus and bacteria.

Always keep uncooked meat, poultry and seafood away from fruits and vegetables.

Keep all perishable foods like mushrooms at a temperature of 4°C or below.

Fruits should be stored in different places because of the above mentioned gases that they release. Some fruits and vegetables will ripen faster in close proximity to gas releasing items and others will not ripen well in cooled environments such as refrigerators. The trick is to separate produce that emits ethylene from produce that is sensitive to it.

STORAGE GUIDE SUMMARY:

Keep in fridge (but release gases)

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Melon
  • Figs

Store out of the fridge (but release gases)

  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Tomatoes

Keep away from gases

  • Aubergine
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes

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