Some fruits and veggies produce a lot of a gas called ethylene as they ripen. Others are particularly sensitive to ethylene. So keep those away from each other. Or, conversely, put one close to another if you're attempting to hasten ripening.
Ethylene-producing: (in alphabetical order)
- ripened bananas
- passion fruit
- unripe bananas
- green beans
- Belgian endive
- Brussels sprouts
- leafy greens
- sweet potatoes
For a simple reminder, the ethylene producers are mostly fruits and the ethylene sensitive produce is mostly vegetables. The exceptions are watermelon and unripe bananas.
More on Fruit + Vegetable Storage
• A Guide to Storing Fruits and Vegetables
• A Guide to Storing Fruits and Vegetables Without Plastic
• The Proper Way To Use Your Refrigerator Humidity Drawers
• Are There Any Foods That Should Never Be Stored in the Fridge?
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