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How to Enjoy Fresh
Properly storing fruit and vegetables is important for many reasons: It helps to maintain the integrity of the produce and to keep the right texture and perfect flavour while keeping the nutrients and vitamins last longer. There are fruits that do not ripen further once harvested, but as others do a proper storage assists in this process. Right storage is not only more sanitary and safe when it comes to foodborne illnesses, but it will also prevent spoilage and therefore save money as one is able to keep fruit and vegetables fresh for a longer period of time.
However, it is not a disaster if vegetables do go a bit soft, just boil, stew or mash them. Steaming and microwaving are good ways to cook most vegetables. And if you’re boiling, don’t use too much water or cook them for too long, 5 minutes is enough for most vegetables - otherwise they will go soggy and lose nutrients. There are many tips which can help you!
|For a lot of fruit and vegetables refrigeration is vitally important in maintaining freshness and extending ‘storage life’: Oranges and pears will last for up to two weeks longer if kept in the fridge. Peppers and carrots will last for at least a week longer if kept in the fridge.|
|For some bulky vegetables such as onions and potatoes, storage in a cool (15°C) temperature is preferable to a warm (22°C) temperature but refrigeration is unnecessary. However it is vitally important to exclude light from these products to prevent greening / sprouting.|
|Some types of fruit such as bananas or kiwis are injured at refrigerator temperatures and should be stored at cool temperatures.|
|The dryness of the air within refrigerators will encourage the loss of water (transpiration) from fruit and vegetables and can be a major factor in loss of quality and presumably also in product rejection (waste) by consumers. Whilst packaged products are afforded some protection against excessive loss of water those purchased unpacked have no protection.|
|Storing unpacked products therefore in perforated polyethylene bags may be beneficial in conserving water and maintaining freshness. Peppers, carrots and lemons will last for example for at least a week longer if kept in the fridge, but two weeks longer if kept in a bag in the fridge.|
|Many vegetables are sensitive to ethylene, a gas emitted by many fruits and some vegetables. Foods that emit ethylene include apples, avocados, bananas, pears, peaches, plums and tomatoes. Vegetables that absorb ethylene include brassicas, leafy greens, beans, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, peas, peppers, and potatoes. Ethylene triggers the ripening process and exposure to ethylene also causes vegetable deterioration, therefore fruits and vegetables should be stored separately in the refrigerator.|
Whether one is cooking for/with family and kids, or having a party with friends, preparing fresh fruit and vegetables for a delicious and healthy meal is great fun and a wonderful adventure which entertains all. Why not taking your time to smell and taste different fruits and vegetables and learn about new ways to prepare them? The kitchen can be a great place to stir up some fun while teaching kids healthy eating habits!
And what if I come across a fruit or vegetable that I don’t recognise and don’t know how to cook?
Well, half the fun is finding new things and working out what to do with them, and there are so many exotic varieties available now too, so it is easy to be experimental. If you find something that baffles you, ask the shopkeeper or employee at the point of sale, or look it up on the internet if you know the name of it - you might find a new favourite.
Check out this recipe link list section to find hundreds of tasty dishes for nearly every occasion, from appetizers to desserts, and enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables !