Do not eat fruits and vegetables together
Can you store apples and bananas together?
For as long as I can remember, my mother has made it very important that there is always a large basket with fresh fruit on the dining room table at home. Just in case, or in case we get hungry for a snack or something sweet between meals. As a child I actually liked to eat fruit, but preferably when Grandma had already peeled the apples and cut them to size. But she had to make sure that there was no rotten fruit in between. Because as soon as I spotted even the smallest dark spot on a banana, my favorite fruit, I consistently refused to eat it. Unfortunately, my beloved bananas were always the first thing to be covered with brown spots.
This is because we kept making gross mistakes at home for a long time: We stored all the fruit - whether apple, orange, pear, banana or plum - in one basket. Such a fresh, colorful fruit basket looks beautiful, but the shelf life of the fruit is reduced. There is a reason why this is the case and why apples and bananas in particular do not get along.
This is why you shouldn't store apples and bananas together
Did you know apples produce a gas called ethylene? Ethylene is a plant hormone that affects surrounding fruits and vegetables in particular because it accelerates the natural ripening process of fruits. In fact, a large number of types of fruit and vegetables excrete small amounts of ethylene - including bananas, avocados and tomatoes - but ripe apples are particularly high. Due to the exposed ethylene, for example, bananas that are next to apples become mushy more quickly (and therefore inedible in my opinion).
The phenomenon of faster aging does not only apply to bananas, but also applies in general to fruit that ripens afterwards, which is very sensitive and rotten quickly. These include pears, plums, quinces, apricots and peaches. And certain types of vegetables are not spared, for example broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, carrots or potatoes. Tropical fruits such as mangoes, avocados, papayas or kiwis also belong to the type of fruit that continues to ripen after harvest and therefore quickly develops brown spots. Ethylene not only has bad properties, you can also reverse the effect of the plant hormone and use it for your own purposes. For example, if you want to stimulate the ripening process of a still unripe banana. Practical, isn't it?
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This is how you store fruit and vegetables properly
As a rule, fruits and vegetables still taste best fresh. In addition, they contain intact most of the minerals and vitamins that are important for a healthy and balanced diet. So that apples, bananas & Co. stay fresh for a long time, it is important to ensure they are stored correctly. Basically, you should keep all types of fruit separately from one another as far as possible so that the fruits do not influence their ripening process. In addition, there are a few other things that have to be considered when storing individual fruits. Domestic fruits and vegetables such as apples, cherries, plums or cauliflower can be stored relatively cool at temperatures of around 8 degrees (and well packaged even in the refrigerator), while exotic fruits such as bananas, pineapples or citrus fruits prefer room temperature and never in belong in the refrigerator because they react to cold. Please do not refrigerate tomatoes either, but separate them from the remaining vegetables and store them in a dry and airy place!
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