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A produce mgr of my store said certain veggies should be stored together and not with others/ same with fruits. I have a new fridge with a small fruit bin, and two large veggie bins–what goes where? Thanks

Some fruits and vegetables will produce ethylene, a gas that initiates the ripening process. Ethylene 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. These include:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Figs
  • Honeydew
  • Bananas
  • Tomatoes

Visit our Fruit & Vegetables Nutrition Database for more information on specific storage recommendations on over 100 fruits and vegetables and remember that all forms—fresh, frozen, canned, dried & 100% juice—are equally as beneficial!

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