How to Keep Your Organic Produce Fresh
Take note because your highest ethylene producers are apricots, cantaloupe, figs, honeydew, bananas, tomatoes, avocadoes, nectarines, peaches, pears and plums. You can store these fruits in the fridge but you should separate them.
In the fruit compartment you can safely store apples, apricots, cantaloupe, figs and honeydew melon. You should spread your blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries out into single layers to keep them from rotting at contact points where moisture gathers. If you don’t have enough room, try storing your berries in separate bowls. Do not wash them until ready for consumption.
Some of your vegetables will keep best in separate plastic bags. These include broccoli, lettuce, peas, cauliflower, carrots, peas, radishes and corn. Even green onions like to be stored cool and separate in the fridge. Mushrooms and okra like their own space in paper bags. So do artichokes, asparagus, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cherries, grapes, green beans, lima beans, leeks, plums, spinach, summer squash, yellow squash and zucchini. Fresh herbs are also best in their own paper bag.
Some fruits and vegetables fare better on our countertops. Thanks to their hardier constitutions and external structure, these can stay fresh without the need of colder temperatures. These include basil, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger, grapefruit, jicama, lemons, limes, mangoes, oranges, papayas, peppers, persimmon, pineapple, plantains, pomegranates and watermelon. Keep acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkins, spaghetti squash, and winter squash in a cool, dry environment. Same goes for potatoes and sweet potatoes. Always keep onions and potatoes away from each other! They produce gases that make each other spoil.
A Special Note for Apples
You should always keep apples out of direct sunlight. They can be stored on the counter-top, in an uncovered bowl or inside a bag with air holes. Many people like to store them in the refrigerator so that they stay cold and crisp, and we’re inclined to agree with them.
By following these simple tips and guidelines, your organic produce will last much longer and you won’t waste any time or money on spoiled food.