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Handling & Storage

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.

The main reasons for throwing away food can be grouped in to "cooking or preparing too much" or "not using food in time", for example having to throw out fruit and vegetables because they have gone off in the fruit bowl or in the fridge. There are indeed a lot of potential reasons why food might not get eaten in time, as we may change our plans, forget what food we have in the cupboards, lack the confidence or knowledge on how to use up our leftovers, etc.

Food waste has serious environmental implications too. The amount of food we throw away is a waste of resources, having in mind the energy, water and packaging used in food production, transportation and storage. This all goes to waste when we throw away perfectly good food.

The following tips offer you a first assistance in how to handle and storage fresh fruit and vegetables. For a wide variety of different information sources which provide you with detailed tips and information about proper fruit and vegetable storage have a look on the websites listed below.

  How to handle and storage fresh fruit and vegetables?

Relevant links

http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/

http://www.vegetableexpert.co.uk/StoringAndPreservingCategory.html

http://www.food-storage-info.com/fruitstorage.html

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/?page_id=4

http://www.topfruit.com/prepare/fruits-ag/

http://www.fruitsandveggies.ca/en/fruits-veggies-primer/fruits-from-a-to-z/a

http://www.freshforkids.com.au/storing_food/storing_food.html

http://www.marketfresh.com.au/recipe/Purchasing_tips.asp

http://www.cpma.ca/en/fruits-and-vegetables/usingfruitsandvegetables.aspx

http://www.cpma.ca/Files/CPMA.HomeStorageGuide.English.pdf

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