Ripened fruit and vegetables
At Fresh Express we have systems in place for the process of monitoring and ripening of fruit and vegetables as and when needed, so our clients receive the fruit and vegetables in their optimum condition.
We understand the business of our clients and therefore we understand that it is almost impossible to buy fruits and vegetables that are not yet in their optimum situation to be served to restaurant customers, as they expect fruit and vegetables that are at their optimum regarding taste and texture.
We therefore ripen fruits and vegetables in our warehouse. Not only can we easily control the environment to make sure ripening finds place in optimum conditions, we also can select the best produce every day to deliver to our clients.
So be assured that we will deliver you the correct amount of your required produce on a daily basis, or whenever needed by you. You will not have to worry about having the right avocados, bananas, apples, berries, tomatoes or cucumbers in stock, we do all this for you!
Call us on (07) 5522 7474 if you need delivery of ripe fruit and vegetables
Which Fruits and Vegetables Continue to Ripen After Picking?
Peaches are one of the best examples of a fruit that continues to ripen after it has been picked. When you go to buy your fruit and vegetables, in most cases do not necessarily buy the items that are fully ripe unless you plan to use them that day. Many varieties of fruit and vegetables will continue to ripen over a few days if stored correctly.
Bananas ripen and get sweeter after they are picked, they can be picked when green in colour. Once they are ripe you can place them in the fridge the skin will blacken but inside they will remain in good condition. Pineapples, on the other hand will soften and change colour but not get any sweeter. Lemons will not change in any way except go rotten if left too long.
Apples are best if ripened on the tree, but for longer storage they are best picked a week early. Avocados are another example of a fruit that ripens after it has been picked. Apricots, cantaloupe melon, kiwi fruit, mangoes, nectarines, pears and plums all ripen after they have been picked.
Foods That Should Be Ripe When Picked
The best examples of fruit and vegetables that do not improve after they are picked include:
Berries- strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries etc
Citrus fruit- oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit
Need delivery of ripe fruit and vegetables? Call us on (07) 5522 7474!
Fruit and Vegetable Storage Tips
In older style fridges, the crisper would store moisture which can cause your fruit and vegetables to deteriorate quickly. An easy solution to avoid this is to place some tissue paper or pieces of towel at the bottom of the crisper. You should however remember to change this regularly.
Never mix your fruit and vegetables in the crisper. One should be for your vegetables and another for your fruit. The natural gases in fruit can cause your vegetables to deteriorate quickly.
Natural Gases in Fruit and Vegetables
Some fruit and vegetables contain a natural gas known as ethylene. When other fruit and vegetables are exposed to this gas they can ripen very quickly. If left untended for too long it results in black spots, mushy flesh and spotting. Foods that are over-ripe will therefore speed up the ripening process of other produce stored close by. This is why one rotten piece of produce could spoil an entire container of fruit or vegetables.
Bananas can help to ripen anything
If you have some unripe fruit or vegetables, by placing a banana close-by and storing at room temperature the banana will help in the process of ripening other produce through its natural gases. Other fruits useful in doing this include ripe tomatoes and avocados.
Storing Fruit and Vegetables so they last longer
Avocado- when unripe store on a countertop, once avocados are ripe store them in the fridge.
Apples- place them in a crisper in your fridge, they can be placed inside a paper bag if they are ripening too fast.
Bananas- if they are unripe leave them on the countertop. Once they have ripened they can be stored inside the fridge. The skin will turn black, but the inside will be fine.
Broccoli- you can store broccoli just as you would a bunch of flowers by trimming the stem and placing them in cool water in the fridge. The stems should be mostly submerged.
Corn- Store in a crisper but do not remove the outer leaves, the husk.
Cabbage- you should wrap the entire head of cabbage in clingfilm or plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
Carrots- Store the carrots inside a re-sealable plastic bag in the crisper.
Cauliflower- Cover the head of the cauliflower with plastic wrap or clingfilm and store in the crisper.
Cucumber- cucumbers should be stored in the crisper inside a plastic bag.
Eggplant- Cover the eggplant entirely in plastic wrap or clingfilm and store inside the fridge.
Garlic, potatoes and onions- they should be stored in a cool, dark, dry but well ventilated place.
Grapes- grapes should be kept in a re-sealable plastic bag in the back of the fridge. Grapes should only be washed on the day you intend to eat them. Washed earlier and they will spoil in a few days.
Lemons and limes- these are best kept in the door of the fridge. Before use these citrus fruit should be kept at room temperature for a few hours.
Lettuce (including mixed leaf) and spinach-they should be wrapped in damp paper towels and then sealed inside a plastic bag. They should then be stored in the crisper to keep moist and cold.
Mushrooms- they are best stored inside a brown paper bag inside the fridge.
Pears- if they are unripe, store with bananas on the countertop. Once they are ripe store in the crisper.
Pineapple- should only be stored on the countertop.
Tomatoes- tomatoes should never be stored in the fridge as it ruins their texture and flavour. Store them stem side up at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.
Strawberries- store in a fridge inside their plastic container, do not wash them or remove the stems until they are to be eaten.