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What fruits should not be stored together.

Certain fruits produce ethylene, a gas that speeds up the ripening process. To reduce unnecessary spoilage of your produce, do not store ethylene producing fruits and vegetables with those that are sensitive to it. These include:

 

Ethylene Producing Fruits

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Asian pear
  • Atemoya
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherimoya
  • Crenshaw melon
  • Custard apple
  • Durian
  • Feijoa
  • Fig
  • Guava
  • Honeydew melon
  • Jackfruit
  • Kiwifruit
  • Mamey sapote
  • Mango
  • Mangosteen
  • Nectarine
  • Passion fruit
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Persian melon
  • Plum
  • Prune
  • Quince
  • Papaya
  • Plantain
  • Rambutan
  • Sapote
  • Soursop
Ethylene Sensitive Vegetables

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Belgian endive
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoiflower
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cactus leaves
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chayote squash
  • Chicory
  • Chili pepper
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Collards
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Green onion
  • Green tomato
  • Kailon
  • Kale
  • Kiwano
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Longbean
  • Mint
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard greens
  • Okra
  • Parsnips
  • Potato
  • Snow pea
  • Southern peas
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet pea
  • Turnip greens
  • Tomatillo
  • Watercress
  • Watermelon

*Information provided by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

If you are using your fresh fruits and vegetables soon after purchase, and storing properly, you do not have to be too concerned with ethylene producing fruits spoiling your fruits and vegetables. Visit our recipe database for over 1,000 recipes to help use your fruits and vegetables in new ways!

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