Store high quality produce – The storage life of fruit and vegetables is affected by any damage they have sustained during harvesting and transporting.

Bruises and damage leave produce more susceptible to rot. Damaged produce is a lower grade and it is cheaper for the markets and green grocers to buy and is fine if eaten quickly.

However it deteriorates quickly once you get it home. So you have to decide if, for your families needs, whether value for money is found in the cheaper produce, that you may throw out before you get to eat it or if value is found in longer lasting, better tasting higher grade produce.

Handle even hard vegetables gently, as although bruises may not be visible, produce can still sustain damage which causes faster deterioriation.