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How to preserve your fruits and vegetables to reduce waste?

At Fergus, the freshness of our fruits and vegetables is one of our highest priorities. We carefully select each of our produce and sternly ensure respect of the cool chain from our producers to your door. Such rigor allows us to offer an optimal life span of goods, reduce food waste and enjoy all the benefits of organic food and its wonderful flavor.

Do you know how to maximize the life span of your fruits and vegetables? Here are a few tips to help you preserve them at home.

On the counter: Some fruits ripen best at room temperature

Many produce do not need refrigeration and need to ripen after picking. Once they ripen to perfection, they can be kept in the refrigerator to maintain that maturity as long as possible. Here are a few fruits that you can keep at room temperature:

• Apricots
• Avocados
• Guavas
• Kiwis
• Mangos
• Melons
• Nectarines
• Papayas
• Peaches
• Bananas
• Prunes
• Pears
• Pineapples
• Tomatoes
• Watermelon
• Khakis
• Figs

During ripening, some fruits and vegetables liberate a gas called ethylene:

• Apples
• Mangos
• Melons
• Watermelons
• Bananas
• Avocados
• Prunes
• Raisins
• Tomatoes
• Oinions

Keep in mind that these accelerate the ripening of surrounding produce. Unless you want to take advantage of this particularity, you may want to store them apart from other fruits and vegetables.

In the pantry: away from light and heat

Some vegetables can be kept in the pantry along with cereals and pasta, as they do not require refrigeration. However, keeping them away from light and heat will help maximize their life span. Any drawer, pantry, or cold room are ideal to store vegetables as:

• Potatoes
• Sweet potatoes
• Winter squash
• Onions
• Garlic

How and where to best store your produce in the refrigerator?

Most fruits and vegetables can be stored in the refrigerator: Keep them in your drawers to preserve humidity and near the bottom for optimal freshness. Keep in mind that a little space between them helps prevent fast ripening. Ideally, fruits and vegetables that belong in the refrigerator should be kept in their original packaging, as those are often designed to help them conserve their freshness longer. Here are some fruits and vegetables that you should store in your refrigerator:

Vegetables and herbs

• Mushrooms
• Fresh herbs
• Salads
• Spinach
• Celery
• Cucumber
• Swiss chards
• Green onions
• Asparagus
• Radis
• Carrots
• Beets
• Broccoli
• Cauliflower and cabbage
• Zucchini
• Fennel
• Ginger
• Beans
• Peppers
• Radish
• Rhubarb
• Corn

Fruits

• Grapes
• Cherries
• Apples
• Berries (Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and others)
• Citrus (oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruit, and others)

Keep away from fragrant foods

Some vegetables like cabbage, leeks, or celery liberate strong odors that may alter the taste of some fruits. It is best to store your fruit apart from them.

There are many solutions for optimal preservation!

There are many other fruit and vegetable preservation methods that us to enjoy their taste and other benefits, whatever the season.

• Freezing: Freezing whole fruits, cut in pieces or in a jar with syrup;

• Dehydration: Removing humidity from food whilst conserving its taste and nutritional benefits using a dehydrator or oven;

• Canning: Heating food over 100°C to destroy bacteria and insulating it from any air contact. You can also preserve fruits and vegetables in oil, vinegar, fat, or alcohol, as alternatives to canning;

• Jams: In jams, sugar is the element preserving fruits.

Preserving happiness

Preserving the life span of your fruits and vegetable is easy! Fergus selects the best ones for you and accompanies you through sharing knowledge in this guide to enjoy nature’s wonders.

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