There are many sources from which to garner information on the storage
of fruits and vegetables. I have culled through many websites to bring
you a variety of sources.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is primarily concerned with
proper storage to prevent foodborne illness, but their website does
give consumers advice on safely storing all kinds of foods, including
How can Consumers Reduce the Risk of Foodborne Illness From Fresh
Most cooperative extension services offer comprehensive information,
both to producers and consumers, on storage of produce. One source has
compiled a Fruit & Vegetable Postharvest & Storage Information table,
listing many fruits, vegetables, flowers and nuts, with clickable
links to an exhaustive information sheet on each individual item.
A thorough summary of storage and postharvest information for
horticultural crops available on the Web. The most common source of
information is the Sydney Postharvest Laboratory Optimal Database,
other sources are indicated in brackets.
Clicking on broccoli, for instance, brought up more than you ever
wanted to know about broccoli, including the following refrigeration
information: Refrigerated Container/Coolroom Recommendations,
Ventilation, Acceptable Product Temperature at Loading into Container,
Bruising Susceptibility, Water Loss, Ice Compatibility, Storage Time
(days), and even what other types of produce should not be stored with
broccoli (Ethylene Sensitivity).
Fruit & Vegetable Postharvest & Storage Information
The American Diabetes Association has a Nutrition link and a Virtual
Grocery Store, http://www.diabetes.org/main/application/commercewf?origin=*.jsp&event=link(F)
which provide information on the importance of fruit and vegetables in
the diet of the diabetic. They did not appear to provide information
American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
Although I did not see any food or food storage information on the
website of the American Dental Association, it would certainly seem
that they would rather have people chewing on carrots and cauliflower
then on candy.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Guidelines for Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Storage
(This is a cached page, hence the very long url.)
Director of Public Relations
Phone: (206) 667-2896
Pager: (206) 994-6833
The website of Clemson University provides a page with many links to
other university health, food science and cooperative extension
service sites. You may wish to take a look at them.
The Culinary and Hospitality Industry Publications Services provides
information to professionals on the safe storage of produce.
10777 Mazoch Road
Weimar, Texas 78962
Phone (979) 263-5683
Fax (979) 263-5685
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food offers advice to consumers on
storing fruit and vegetables.
Harvest and Storage (halfway down the page)
There are many vegetarian organizations with an Internet presence,
most offering recipes and food information on their websites. These
would seem to be a perfect conduit for providing produce storage
information, although surprisingly, they do not seem to do so. Here
are some of them:
VegWeb. They appear to have vegetarian diet safety concerns for adults
and babies, nutritional, kosher and lots of other veggie-related
articles. They also produce a newsletter, but nothing on storing
produce for freshness.
P.O. Box 13038
Fort Wayne, IN 46866-3038 USA
The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization that offers
online recipes, vegetarian information, and publishes a journal, The
Vegetarian Journal http://www.vrg.org/journal/
While they have an Ingredient Information section, and FAQ, I saw
nothing regarding fruit and vegetable storage.
The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG)
P.O. Box 1463, Dept. IN
Baltimore, MD 21203
Vegetarian Times Magazine has an online presence, but does not appear
to have produce storage information on their website.
Vegetarian Times Editorial Offices
301 Concourse Boulevard
Glen Allen, VA 23059
804/346-0990; FAX 804/346-1223
Advertising Sales Associates
72 Cypress Street, Unit 1, Brookline, MA 02445
Lorrie Allen; (617) 566-8277; FAX (617) 566-6932
Vegetarian Times Magazine
Many more vegetarian sites can be found in the Editors Choice Links
provided by Vegetarian Travel Guide
The USDA has a listing of farmers markets, searchable by state.
Farmers markets are immensely popular and would definitely benefit by
providing information to prolong the freshness and life of the produce
that they purvey.
USDA AMS Farmers Markets
California Federation of Certified Farmers Markets. As well as
providing information on their own organization, they provide many
links to other, product specific, associations and organizations.
National Grocers Association
1005 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22201-5758
Phone: 703 516-0700
Fax: 703 516-0115
National Cooperative Grocers Association
Robynn Shrader, Executive Director
1104 Weeber Circle
Iowa City, IA 52246
(319) 466-9029 phone/fax
Cooperative Grocer Online. Publishes a bi-monthly trade publication.
Publisher and Editor: Dave Gutknecht
Telephone: 800/878-7333, 740/592-1912
You asked about the Food Network, so I am including their contact
information, as well as that of other food programs and publications.
Comments and Questions:
Epicurious, which claims to have the worlds greatest recipe
collection, but no produce storage information.
Bon Appétit Magazine
6300 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
And one last reference.
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, an organization that has
a website for consumers dealing with stoves, freezers and
refrigerators. Appears not to have any information on storage of fruit
and vegetables, although it would seem to be a natural.
I hope these will provide you with the information you are seeking. If
you should require anything additional, litedaughter-ga, please do not
hesitate to ask for a clarification.
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