TLC FOR YOUR VEGGIES
Honeydew Melons - Whole, ripe honeydew melons can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. Enclose them in plastic bags to protect other produce from the ethylene gas that honeydew gives off. Once cut, honeydew should be sealed in an airtight container or wrapped and stored in the refrigerator, where it will keep for up to three days.
Lemons - Uncut lemons can be left out on the counter. Once cut, place inside a zip-locked bag, squeezing out as much air as you can. In this state, the lemons may retain most of their juice and flavor for as long as four weeks.
Tomatoes - Depending on ripeness, tomatoes can stay for up to two weeks on the counter. To hasten ripeness, place in a paper bag with an apple.
String Beans - Store unwashed fresh beans in a reusable container or plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper. Whole beans stored this way should keep for about seven days.
Papaya - A papaya that is partially yellow should be left at room temperature and allow to ripen for a few days. If you want to speed this process, place in a paper bag with a banana. Ripe fruit should be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within one or two days for maximum flavor.
Long Squash - Squash is best stored in a cool, dark place. Check on your squash often to make sure it is not developing soft spots and turn it occasionally to avoid bruising. After storing, use within one to two weeks.
Kale - Wash, dry and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Less moisture is best.
Okra - Wrap fresh okra with a dry paper towel and place inside a perforated plastic bag or brown paper bag. Store okra in the refrigerator for two to three days.
Lettuce - Lettuce is best stored in a dry package and kept in the crisp drawer for five to seven days.
Eggplant - Eggplant will do fine left out in a cool room. Avoid washing your eggplant, as it doesn't like any extra moisture around its leaves. For longer storage, store it in the crisper. Keeps five to seven days.