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I heard on the local news today that certain fresh fruits and vegetables stored next to other specific varieties would deteriorate faster than if kept away from them. I was not able to write down the specifics. Could you shed light on this subject? I did jot down that the following were mentioned: artichokes, apples, cantaloup, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, leafy … Thank you.

Some fruits and vegetables produce ethylene gas, a natural gas that is produced when fruits and vegetables ripen. When you place an ethylene producing fruit or vegetable next to a fruit or vegetable that is sensitive to ethylene gas, they may ripen too quickly. Some high ethylene producing fruits are: apples, apricots, avocados, cantaloupe, honeydew, kiwifruit, mangos, nectarines, papayas, peaches, pears, plums, and tomato.




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