Keep foods separate

Keep foods separate

Separating foods that produce more ethylene gas while they ripen from those that don’t can help reduce premature food spoilage, as ethylene causes foods to ripen – and go off – quicker.

Foods that produce ethylene gas while they ripen include:

  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Green onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Cantaloupes

Whether it’s in your fridge or your fruit bowl, keep these foods away from the following ethylene-sensitive produce:

  • Berries
  • Potatoes
  • Apples
  • Leafy greens
  • Peppers
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