Proper storage for fruits and vegetables
By storing fruits and vegetables correctly, you can help improve the shelf life of individual produce. But not all types of fruits and vegetables are stored equally. The existing humidity and temperature play an important role in storage. In case of incorrect storage, vitamins can also be lost.
- Basically, you can use a rule of thumb for storage: Fruits and vegetables that come from Germany can usually be stored in the refrigerator without any problems. These include, for example, carrots, Brussels sprouts, spinach, and leeks. Fruits such as pears, cherries, strawberries or currants are also cold tolerant.
- Fruit you keep in the refrigerator is best stored without a foil bag. This will prevent the fruit from drying out. You should store vegetables in the refrigerator at the bottom of the crisper.
- However, exotic vegetables such as zucchini, peppers or tomatoes have no place in the fridge. These vegetables are sensitive to cold. In summer, however, storage in the refrigerator doesn’t hurt.
- You can also store many types of fruits and vegetables in a cloth bag in a cool, dark place in the basement or pantry. Especially potatoes and onions love this place. If potatoes get too much light, they produce solanine, which causes the tuber to turn green and sprouts to form faster. Onions, pears, and apples can also be stored for a long time in cool, dark places.
- Exotic fruits and vegetables from tropical regions keep well at room temperature. Orient yourself to the climatic zone of the country of origin. Fruits, such as mangoes or papayas, can suffer from frostbite if kept too cold, and the consistency and flavor of the fruit will change.
You should pay attention to that.
Proper storage is more important for some types of fruits and vegetables than others. Some fruits and vegetables should not be kept in the refrigerator, but at temperatures between 8 and 13 degrees.
- These include fruits like grapefruits, pineapples, lemons, melons, and mangoes.
- Vegetables such as cucumbers, aubergines, garlic, tomatoes or peppers are also included.
- Certain types of fruits and vegetables produce ethylene, a ripening gas, and release it on nearby fruits or vegetables. As a result, it matures faster. Therefore, store peaches, tomatoes, apples, and pears separately from other fruits and vegetables.