How Keep Fruits and Vegetables Fresh
Tips to make your fresh produce last longer
You’ve learned 25 ways to get more fruit and veg into your diet… so I thought it would be a good idea to look at some tips for keeping all that newly purchased fruit and veg fresher longer.
This mainly comes down to storage and handling.
For instance, store potatoes, onions and bananas in a cool dry place but not in the refrigerator, but store foods like berries, stone fruits, and greens in the refrigerator.
Some fruits and veg are best stored separately as some foods produce a gas called ethylene as they ripen. This gas can prematurely ripen foods that are sensitive to it. For instance apples should be stored separately from avocadoes and bananas. (However if you have green bananas and want to help them along to ripen, put them in a paper bag with an apple).
Keep your fruit and veg reasonably dry – washing berries and then putting them in the fridge will encourage mold growth. Instead just store them as is and only wash before eating.
And a safety note… don’t store fruit and veg in the same refrigerator bin as raw meats as this could lead to cross contamination with bacteria.
A longer list of tips can be found here: