How carefully do you choose your fruits and veggies? Here’s a shocking stat: The average
It is really is true that one bad apple really can spoil the whole bunch. And it’s especially especially true for soft fruits such as peaches and nectarines. The higher the sugar content, the more likely a fruit is to spoil faster.
After weeding out any rotten pieces, make sure you store produce in optimal conditions. Take note of how fruit and veggies are displayed at the supermarket – it’s usually a good indicator of how they should be kept at home.
Cherries, for example, are packed and shipped in cold temperatures – so refrigeration is the best option.
Tomatoes, on the other hand, break down more quickly when refrigerated.
Most produce – especially mushrooms – is sensitive to moisture and stores better unwashed. A good rinse is best saved for right before eating or cooking. Adding citrus juice to pre-cut fruit can also keep them fresh longer.
If you’re not sure of the best way to store a particular fruit or vegetable, ask a produce department manager or check online.