Do Your Veggies and Fruit Fight?

945776_produce_1.jpgDid you hear that? Bang, Kaboom, Pow!

It’s my fruit and veggies fighting again! You may think your kids fight a lot, but fruit and vegetables don’t like each other at all. They’re probably fighting right now in your refrigerator, too!

The solution for happy produce is to keep fruit and veggies apart from one another. Manufacturers understand this; that’s why they construct refrigerators with separate bins for each. For a long time, I didn’t know that it was important to separate fruit from veggies, so I just shoved produce into which ever bin had the room. I was just asking for a fight to break out.

Vegetables don’t contain seeds and fruit are plants with seeds. We think of some fruit as vegetables, such as tomatoes, bell peppers, and avocados, but they contain seeds. Botanically speaking, Anything with seeds are fruit. Vegetables are roots (like carrots), tubers (like potatoes), stems (like celery), flowers (like broccoli), or leaves (like lettuce).

Apples, avocados, melons, peaches, and pears manufacture ethylene gas as they ripen. When fruit are stored with vegetables, the vegetables loose their green color and spoil more rapidly. You’ll save not only money when your veggies and fruit are stored in separate bins. But also flavor, as vegetables stored with fruit will develop a bitter taste.

Here are some other useful tips for longer produce storage:

• Remove the tops from beets, carrots, and radishes, because the sap will continue to flow from the root to the leaf. This deprives the part to be eaten of some of its nutrition.

• If your lettuce or celery is wilted, soak it in cold water. The vegetable will absorb the water and crisp up once again.

• Place mushrooms in a brown paper bag to enhance longer storage. Mushrooms collect moisture and get slimy when kept in an airtight container, like the plastic bag from the grocers.

• Potatoes, onions, and garlic should be stored in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place-not the refrigerator. Don’t place them under the sink either, as the moisture will cause them to quickly spoil.

• Bananas turn black when stored in the refrigerator. Keep them on the counter. When you have too many ripe bananas, peel, place individually in sandwich bags, and freeze. Defrost a frozen banana for a sweetener in baked goods and they’re very handy when frozen. They turn a regular fruit smoothie into a frozen shake.

• ALWAYS thoroughly wash vegetables and fruit to remove bacteria. Preferably wash and dry before placing in the refrigerator.

Click Here for Go Organic without Going Broke.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *