TLC FOR YOUR VEGGIES
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
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.
Kale - Wash kale dry and store your kale in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The less moisture possible is best.
Zucchini - Does fine for a few days if left out on a cool counter, even after cut. Wrap in a cloth and refrigerate for longer storage. Do not wash until ready to eat. Lasts 4-5 days.
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.
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.
Micro Greens - The small leafy greens are best kept in the package in the crisp drawer for four to six days. Wash before use.
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.
Green Onions - Wrap the ends of your green onions in a slightly damp paper towel. Place them inside a plastic bag or storage container. Re-moisten the paper towel if it dries out, or replace it if it becomes too wet.
Lettuce - Lettuce is best stored in a dry package and kept in the crisp drawer for five to seven days.