TLC FOR YOUR VEGGIES
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.
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.
Spigarello - Wash spigarello dry and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The less moisture possible is best..
Basil - Pick the leaves off the stems and lay them in one to two paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Roll up the towel around the leaves, put the roll in a plastic bag and store in your refrigerator.
Kabocha - Tender and glossy skin is a sign of unripeness; you want your kabocha to have the ugly matte, gourdy look. Store your kabocha on a cool counter area for up to a month. Once used, store cut pieces in an airtight container in the refrigerator will keep for up to five days. Cooked kabocha can be kept in the freezer inside an airtight bag for up to six months.
Taro - Store. Keep taro in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place not the refrigerator. It is best to use taro as soon as possible because it tends to soften quickly. Taro leaves will keep several days in the refrigerator: store in a perforated plastic bag.
Cilantro - There are three methods for preserving your cilantro: 1) Place in a jar on the counter with water, 2) Place in a jar in the refrigerator with a bag over the leaves, or 3) Trim the stems and place in an airtight container in the refrigerator. With proper storage, it should keep for up to two weeks.
Cucumber - Wrap in a moist towel and place inside the fridge. If you’re planning on eating them within a day or two after buying them, they should be fine left out in a cool room. Lasts up to a week in the fridge.
Lettuce - Lettuce is best stored in a dry package and kept in the crisp drawer for five to seven days.