Storing produce properly keeps vegetables and fruits fresher, longer. Use this storage guide to decrease food waste and extend the freshness of vegetables and fruits. 


Tips for Produce Storage

  • Avocado: store in the fridge until ready to ripen and then place on the counter top 
  • Asparagus: store in a glass with 1” water in the fridge 
  • Bananas: store on the counter top and peel bananas before freezing
  • Berries: add a dry paper towel to the top of berries containers and store upside down to wick away moisture 
  • Citrus: store in fridge for longer freshness
  • Greens, lettuces and spinach: add a dry paper towel to the top of greens containers and store upside down to wick away moisture
  • Herbs: store in a glass with 1” water in the fridge or wrap in dry paper towel and place in a plastic bag
  • Onions and Potatoes: store onions and potatoes in a cool, dark place away from each other

3-5 Days 

  • Asparagus
  • Basil (stems trimmed, in 1” water on the counter top)
  • Bok Choy
  • Chard
  • Chives
  • Cilantro (stems tripped, in 1” water in the fridge) 
  • Parsley (stems tripped, in 1” water in the fridge)
  • Pineapple 
  • Snow Peas
  • Snap Peas
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes (on countertop)

5-10 Days

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Bananas
  • Bell Peppers
  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels 
  • Chili Peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Green Beans
  • Jicama
  • Kale
  • Kiwi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuces
  • Mango
  • Mixed Greens
  • Mushrooms (in paper bag) 
  • Pears
  • Potatoes, baby (in cool, dark place away from onions) 
  • Scallions
  • Winter Squash
  • Zucchini

2+ weeks

  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Onions (in cool dark place away from potatoes) 
  • Oranges
  • Potatoes, large (in cool dark place away from onions) 
  • Sweet potatoes (countertop) 
  • Winter squash (countertop)

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