Storage Tips

Fruit

To speed up the ripening process put an apple or banana in a paper bag with the fruit that you wish to ripen; these fruit will assist ripening because they output the gas ethylene which is a naturally occurring ripening agent. This process works very well with avocados, mangoes, stone fruit, paw-paw, and tomatoes or any fruit that you wish to encourage ripening.

To get the best out of your fruit let them ripen fully, this allows their sugars to develop completely and as a result they become sweeter, juicier and more fragrant.

Once fruit have ripened however we suggest storing them in the refrigerator to maintain their good texture and flavours (especially in the summer) this is very important with apples as they loose there crispness if left out at room temperature.

Vegetable Storage

Keep all veggies in the refrigerator, even potatoes. Unlike conventionally grown potatoes organic potatoes have not been treated with a chemical to retard sprouting. In the cooler months organic potatoes tend to want to sprout and coldness retards this process. There is nothing wrong with sprouting potatoes, at least they are alive and well and wanting to go on and reproduce themselves as Mother Nature intended them to. However the green colouring that develops on potatoes exposed to sunlight is not desirable and they should be disposed of. Potatoes are left dirty because it helps them last longer.

During the hot weather it is a good idea to rinse and drain Rocket and Spinach then dab it dry with a tea towel before storing in the crisper of the refrigerator, and in the very hot humid weather neither last very long so it is advisable to eat them as soon as possible. We re-hydrate all the leafy greens here before we pack them but due to the extreme heat in our summers you may need to re-hydrate again once you receive your veg. This is particularly important with lettuces, Silverbeet and herbs. Just stand them in some cool water for approx 10 minutes before drying them off and placing them into the crisper of the refrigerator.

We re-hydrate all the leafy greens here before we pack them but due to the extreme heat in our summers you may need to re-hydrate again once you receive your veg. This is particularly important with lettuces, Silverbeet and herbs. Just stand them in some cool water for approx 10 minutes before drying them off and placing them into your veg bags and into the crisper of the refrigerator.