Storing fruits and vegetables

Burpee - Edible Gardening Team Members
Thursday, November 3, 2011

Families are tossing out about 14% of all food they bring into the home, according to research at the University of Arizona. That’s an average of 470 pounds of food per year! Fresh fruits and vegetables make up a large portion of that poundage, mostly because it goes bad before it can do your body good.

To help you say, “Whoa” to waste, Vegetarian Times editors have developed a helpful “Produce Storage Guide” that offers tips on how to lengthen your fresh food’s shelf life. The magazine also shares a chart on the fastest to slowest spoilers, or “What to eat first.”

Read the full Vegetarian Times article, “Spoiled Rotten,” online.

And if you find you still can't eat all that healthy produce you've grown this year, connect with a local food pantry through organizations like They'll help you donate surplus eats to those in need.

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