Created by: Kristen Carli, Dietetic Intern
Don’t purchase any produce with mold, bruises or cuts at the grocery store. Once you get home, wash all produce before eating. Be sure to separate any fresh produce from raw meat, poultry, fish, and eggs.
Americans throw away almost 20% of the fruits and vegetables they buy. Often improper storage of fresh produce leads to food waste. Be sure that you are storing your produce safely.
Store in the Refrigerator
The following fruits and vegetables should be stored in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should maintain 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
- Brussels sprouts
Store at Room Temperature
The following fruits and vegetables are cold-sensitive and should not be stored in the refrigerator. Be sure to store these foods at room temperature.
Store in a Cool, Dark Place
The following vegetables should never be refrigerated, but instead kept in a cool, dark place.
- Winter squash
Keep These Foods Separate
Some fresh produce gives off ethylene gas. If near other produce this gas will speed up the decay of certain sensitive foods. To be safe, keep food in the following columns separate.
|Gas Releasing Foods||Gas Sensitive Foods|
|Nectarines||Lettuce, Leafy Greens|
Material adapted from eatright.org