Keep it fresh

Who doesn't start salivating at the sight of fresh fruit and veg? The colorful bounty is not just delicious, but also really healthy for you. That's why it's such a pity when fruit and vegetables go bad before you can eat them. It's probably happened to you at some point, but it doesn't have to happen again. Here's a list that shows you how to store fruit so you can enjoy it for a long time.

Tomatoes need to have their stems facing up
The stem is the most sensitive part of the tomato and the part that will get moldy first. Therefore, it's important to have them facing up when they're stored. That tasty red fruit will last a lot longer this way.

Place fruit and veg in a dry place
Nothing is better for growing mold than moisture. If you place a piece of paper towel in with your fruit, that will already make a big difference. The paper will absorb any excess moisture from the air and help to keep the produce fresher for longer.

Not all fruit and veg belong in the refrigerator
That's right, the fridge isn't always the best place to store food: bell peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes all do better if they are stored at room temperature. Both cucumbers and tomatoes turn mushy in the fridge, and peppers lose their freshness. Generally speaking, all fruits and vegetables shouldn't be placed into the refrigerator until they are ripe.

Wrap the ends of bananas
Bananas quickly turn brown and lose their taste if they are placed in the refrigerator. It's best to leave bananas out with their ends wrapped in plastic.

Certain produce don't get along
Some types of fruit and veg can't be stored together since certain ones give off ethylene as they ripen. Apricots, melons, mangoes, plums, pears, and tomatoes all belong to this type of fruit. Apples, eggplants, potatoes, carrots, and broccoli are very sensitive to ethylene and will spoil faster if exposed. Make sure to keep them far apart from one another.

Avocados belong like this
Unripe avocados should be placed in a paper bag and stored at room temperature until they are ripe. Afterwards, wrap them in a plastic bag and put them in the fridge.

Store peeled produce in water
It's actually better if you peel and/or cut certain vegetables before storing them. Make sure you place the slices in a bit of water to keep them fresh for longer.

Store fruit and vegetables in the warmer part of your refrigerator
The lower the temperature, the more your produce will lose flavor. That's why it's important to store everything in the lower shelves or drawers where it's a bit warmer.