Thanks to Jody Bolluyt from Roxbury Farm for pulling together these winter crop storage tips and for allowing us to share them with you.
- Don’t store apples or other fruits near your root vegetables. Ethylene in the fruit will cause carrots to turn bitter and other root crops to spoil.
- Onions and garlic should be stored separately or they can flavor your other vegetables.
- Don’t wash your vegetables until you are going to use them.
- The key to long term storage is finding the correct temperature and humidity and finding a place without light. No vegetables should freeze.
- Check your stored vegetables often to make sure they aren’t spoiling. Remove damaged or spoiled roots to protect your other roots.
- Roots coming out of storage may have blemishes or soft spots. You can usualy peel them or cut off the bad spots and use the rest.