Proper storage of fruits and vegetables is essential for maintaining their freshness, flavor, and nutritional value. Different types of produce have unique storage requirements. Here are some tried-and-true methods to help you keep your fruits and vegetables fresh for as long as possible.

1.Keep fruits like apples, bananas, avocados, tomatoes, and peaches away from other fruits and vegetables.

  1. Glass jars are great for herbs like cilantro and parsley, which can be kept fresh longer by storing them upright in a jar with a little water at the bottom.
  2. Most fruits and vegetables prefer cold, dry conditions. Set your fridge temperature between 32-40°F.
  3. High Humidity Drawer: Use the high humidity drawer for leafy greens and herbs to prevent them from wilting.
  4. Low Humidity Drawer: Store fruits and vegetables like those in number 1 above in the low humidity drawer.
  5. Storage for common produce:
    Apples: Store in the refrigerator, away from other produce.
    Bananas: Keep at room temperature until ripe, then move to the fridge to slow further ripening.
    Berries: Wash just before eating. Store in a breathable container in the fridge.
    Citrus Fruits: Keep at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for longer storage.
    Leafy Greens: Wrap in a paper towel and store in a perforated bag in the high humidity drawer.
    Tomatoes: Store at room temperature away from direct sunlight.
    Root Vegetables: Potatoes, onions, and garlic should be kept in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area. Don’t refrigerate onions and keep potatoes separate from sweet potatoes.
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