Fresh produce is delicious, nutritious, and, unfortunately, expensive. You may strive to bring home a variety of fruits and veggies. If so, you want to do everything you can to keep them vibrant, crunchy, and tasty as long as possible. You may wonder which items retain freshness longer if you store them in the refrigerator. Additionally, you may have heard that some fruits can cause other fruits to overripen prematurely. Conversely, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to speed the ripening process if a piece of fruit isn’t yet mature.
To keep apples crunchy and delicious as long as possible, store them in the refrigerator. However, apples are fruits that emit ethylene gas. The gas that they emit can hasten the aging of other fruits and vegetables that are sensitive to the ripening effects of this gas. Therefore, it is critical to keep them in separate areas of your refrigerator. If your fridge offers more than one crisper drawer, keep ethylene gas-emitting fruits in one bin and those sensitive to this gas in another compartment.
In general, avocados do well if you keep them right on your kitchen counter. If you have a ripe avocado, you can place it in the refrigerator to slow down the ripening process. Likewise, if you have a leftover portion of avocado, you can wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator. To hasten the ripening of an unripe avocado, place it in a paper bag along with a banana. The ethylene gas released by the banana and the avocado itself will be trapped in the paper bag and speed ripening.