More tips for storing fruits and vegetables
For proper storage of fruits and vegetables, keep in mind that tomatoes and apples should never be stored with other fruits and vegetables. They release the plant hormone ethylene in large quantities. This hormone initiates maturation processes, thereby ensuring that fruits and vegetables overripe and spoil faster. Other types of fruit, such as bananas and apricots, also produce ethylene, but in smaller quantities than apples and tomatoes.
However, if you buy unripe fruit, you can use the effect of apples and tomatoes for yourself: adding an apple or tomato to the unripe fruit will significantly speed up the maturation process.
Especially as different types of vegetables, such as cucumber, cauliflower, lettuce or Brussels sprouts, are very sensitive to ethylene, fruits and vegetables should always be stored separately.
Despite all the tips on keeping fruit and vegetables properly, it should always be remembered that fruits and vegetables taste best when fresh. Therefore, you should never store them too long, because even if fruits and vegetables are stored under optimal conditions, they lose in time to valuable nutrients. That's why you should always buy only as much fruit and vegetables as you need for the next two to three days.