Every year the American Heart Association recognizes June as Fresh Fruit and Veggie Month. Or what we like to call it just another reason to celebrate because fresh fruits and veggies are what we do at Orr’s Farm Market. We plant them, grow them, harvest them and deliver them straight to you.
One question that is often asked is how do you store your fresh fruits and vegetables? No one wants to waste perfectly good food or money. The American Heart Association has this great set of tips on how to handle that question.
In the pantry or cellar
Light isn’t good for some vegetables because it reduces shelf life. Keep the following in a cool dark place such as your pantry or cellar:
- Onions, garlic, shallots
- Sweet potatoes, potatoes and yams
- Hard squash — acorn, butternut, spaghetti, winter
These fruits and vegetables can be put on the countertop, but keep them away from heat and light.
- Citrus fruit. Store fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit loose or in a mesh bag. Refrigerate for longer storage.
- Stone fruit. Ripen apricots, avocados, nectarines, peaches and plums in a paper bag. Then move to the fridge to extend shelf life.
These fruits should be stored in plastic bags with holes in them in your produce drawer (unless otherwise noted).
- Apples and pears
- Beets and turnips. Remove greens and keep loose in the crisper drawer.
- Berries, cherries and grapes. Keep dry in covered containers or plastic bags.
- Broccoli and cauliflower
- Carrots and parsnips. Remove greens.
- Corn. Store inside their husks.
- Cucumbers, eggplant and peppers. Store on the upper shelf because it is the warmer part of the fridge.
- Fresh herbs, except for basil. Keep stems moist and wrap loosely in plastic.
- Green beans
- Lettuce and leafy greens. Wash, spin or pat dry; wrap loosely in a dish towel or paper towel and place in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer. Keep stems moist.
- Mushrooms. Keep dry and unwashed in a container or paper bag
- Zucchini and summer/yellow squash
Keep them apart
- Fruits such as apples, bananas and pears give off ethylene gas, which can make other produce ripen and rot faster.
- Store vegetables and fruits separately.
- Keep apples, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, onions, pears, potatoes and watermelon away from other produce.
The American Heart Association has this information and even more online in a handy booklet
So come down and celebrate Fresh Fruit and Veggie Month with us!
We’re open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.