TheBUZZ: Certain fruits and vegetables should not be stored together?
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
When certain fruits and vegetable are stored together, they cause early spoilage.
WHAT WE KNOW
When fruits approach maturity, they release ethylene. Ethylene promotes the ripening of fruit. It can cause premature ripening in some foods, while in others it can actually cause damage. To reduce unnecessary spoilage of your produce, do not store ethylene-producing fruits and vegetables with those that are sensitive to it.
Check out the chart below to see what fruits and vegetables should NOT be stored together …
Information provided by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
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*Kader, A. Postharvest Technology of Horticulture Crops. California Agriculture and Natural Resources (2011), 262