Avoid Premature Spoiling of Fruits and Veggies

  • The secret to keeping your produce fresh longer: Keep them separated.
    by Michele Bender
    Ever wonder why your fruit bowl looks like a sixth-grade science project only days after you set it out? As some fruits and vegetables ripen, they release ethylene, a gas that can cause other produce to become spotted, soft, or mealy. To prevent this, keep ethylene-sensitive fruits and vegetables separate from varieties that emit the gas.

    Ethylene-producing
    Apricots
    Avocados
    Bananas
    Cantaloupes
    Honeydew melons
    Kiwis
    Mangoes
    Nectarines
    Papayas
    Peaches
    Pears
    Plums
    Tomatoes

    Ethylene-sensitive
    Apples
    Asparagus
    Broccoli
    Carrots
    Cucumbers
    Eggplants
    Green beans
    Lettuce and other greens
    Potatoes
    Summer squash
    Watermelons
  • This is great to know with the summer fruits and veggies coming into bloom!!
  • I know...it might help me keep more of the fruits and veggies that I get at the Flea Market...I have not been able to get a garden started, so for $50 I can usually get on of those rolly carts filled, it normally will last me 3-4 weeks, then I find it starting to spoil...