Short-Term Storage Tempatures of Fresh Produce - Produce Chart
STORAGE KEY:
 60-65F or 16-18C; 85-95% Humidity | YEL
 45-50F or 16-18C; 85-95% Humidity | GRN
 32-36F or 0-2C; 85-95% Humidity | PUR
 Product Produces
Ethylene 2
Sensitive to
Ethylene Exposure 3
 
BANANAS Yes Yes YEL
GINGER ROOT No No  
HONEYDEW Yes Yes YEL
MANGOES Yes Yes  
MELONS (Casaba, Persian, Crenshaw) Yes Yes YEL
ONIONS, dry No No  
PAPAYAS Yes Yes YEL
POTATOES No Yes  
SQUASH: hard shell No Yes YEL
SWEET POTATOES No Yes  
TOMATOES: ripe and mature green Yes Yes YEL
AVACADOS Yes Yes  
CUCUMBERS No Yes GRN
EGGPLANT No Yes  
GRAPEFRUIT No No GRN
GREEN BEANS No Yes  
GUAVAS Yes Yes GRN
HERBS: basil only No Yes  
LEMONS No No GRN
LIMES No No  
OKRA No Yes GRN
ORANGES No No  
PEPPERS: hot/chili and sweet No Yes GRN
PINEAPPLE No No  
SQUASH: soft shell No Yes GRN
TANGERINES No No  
WATERMELON No Yes GRN
APPLES Yes Yes  
APRICOTS Yes Yes PUR
ARTICHOKES: Globe No No  
ASPARAGUS No Yes PUR
AVACADOS: ripe Yes Yes  
BEETS No No PUR
BLUEBERRIES No No  
BOK CHOY No Yes PUR
BROCCOLI No Yes  
BRUSSEL SPROUTS No Yes PUR
BUNCHED GREENS: various No Yes  
CABBAGE: whole head No Yes PUR
CANTALOUPE Yes Yes  
CARROTS: topped No Yes PUR
CAULIFLOWER No Yes  
CELERY No Yes PUR
CHERRIES No No  
CHINESE PEA PODS No No PUR
CORN, sweet No No  
ENDIVE, ESCAROLE, CHICORY No No PUR
GARLIC No No  
GRAPES No Yes PUR
GREEN PEAS No Yes  
HERBS: all except basil No Yes PUR
KALE No No  
KIWIFRUIT Yes Yes PUR
LEEKS No Yes  
LETTUCE: all types No Yes PUR
MUSHROOMS No No  
NAPA/CHINESE CABBAGE No Yes PUR
NECTARINES Yes Yes  
ONIONS, green No Yes PUR
PARSLEY No Yes  
PARSNIPS, RUTABAGAS, TURNIPS No Yes PUR
PEACHES Yes Yes  
PEARS Yes Yes PUR
PERSIMMONS No Yes  
PLUMS/PRUNES Yes Yes PUR
PRECUT FRUIT Yes Yes  
PRECUT VEGETABLES: broccoli, carrots, celery No Yes PUR
RADISHES No Yes  
RASPBERRIES No No PUR
SALAD MIXES No Yes  
SPINACH No Yes PUR
SPROUTS No Yes  
STRAWBERRIES No No PUR


1. Short-Term Storage: Seven days or less.
2. Produces Ethylene: Many fruits give off ethylene, a natural, colorless and odorless gas that promotes ripening. Commodities that produce ethylene and are designated with "Yes" should be stored away from items that are sensitive to ethylene or may be damaged by it.
3. Sensitive to Ethylene Exposure: Ethylene gas may cause accelerated ripening, discoloration or product deterioration of some commodoties. Items designated with "Yes" are sensitive to to ethylene and should be stored away from ethylene producing commodoties.