Ever wondered why putting old fruit and vegetables with new fruit and vegetables spoils new produce? The answer is simple, ethylene gas.

Ethylene gas and fruit and vegetables

Ethylene is a small naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas, which is produced by older fruit and vegetables when they begin to ripen. You can’t smell ethylene gas, however it can play havoc on your fruit and vegetables.

Fruit and vegetables can be broken up into two groups:

  • Fruit and vegetables sensitive to ethylene gas
  • Fruits and vegetables that create ethylene gas

Fruit and vegetables sensitive to ethylene gas are:

Asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, cut flowers, eggplant, green beans, kale, kiwi fruit, leafy greens, lettuce, parsley, peas, potatoes, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes.

Fruit and vegetables that create ethylene gas are: 

Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, blueberries, citrus fruits (not grapefruit), capsicum, cranberries, figs, grapes, mangoes, mushrooms, nectarines, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pears, peppers, pineapple, plums, prunes, rockmelon, tomatoes and watermelon.

How to avoid ethylene gas over ripening fruit and vegetables

  • Separate out your fruit and vegetables - Make sure you divide sensitive ethylene gas fruit and vegetables from ethylene producing fruit and vegetables.
  • Place Eco Allure 100% Natural Air Fresheners in your fridge - Separating the fruit and vegetables will help, however the ethylene gas will still circulate in your fridge. Eco Allure is made out of bamboo charcoal and works to absorb the ethylene gas from your fridge and extend the life of fruit and vegetables by 2-3 days longer. Providing you with crisper, fresher fruit and vegetables.

All Eco Allure all natural air freshener products are completely safe, healthy and scent-free and are perfect for use in the kitchen and around fruit and vegetables.

For more information visit www.ecoallure.com.au

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