It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with just potatoes.
– Douglas Adams
Storing Fruits and Vegetables
What are the best ways of storing fruits and vegetables? The storage methods and conditions you choose can help food stay fresh longer, taste better, and you will waste less food and money.
Do you store your potatoes and onions together? Many people believe that you shouldn’t because the potatoes will sprout and rot faster.
This may be true to some extent but did you know that storing apples with your potatoes will help prevent them from sprouting? It may sound strange, but the combination of fruits and vegetables in a storage area can be just as important and the temperature and the humidity of the storage area.
Some fruits and vegetables should not be stored together. There are two reasons. Firstly, the strong odor of some produce may be absorbed by other items. For example, the smell of onions will be absorbed by potatoes and apples, affecting their taste.
Secondly, some ripening fruit will give off a gas called ethylene. This gas will cause vegetables and other fruit to rot at a higher rate (or in the case of potatoes, prevent them from sprouting). Some fruits give off ethylene gas at a much higher rate than others. Apples for instance, have a high rate of ethylene production, while oranges have a very low rate of ethylene production.
It should be noted, that in some cases the ethylene gas can be beneficial. For example, if you have some fruit that is not quite ripe, storing it with an apple will speed the ripening.