Fresh fruit and vegetables are healthy and delicious but are also some of the most commonly wasted foods. These 10 tips for storing fruit and veg will help you keep your five-a-day in peak condition until you're ready to eat them. All lush, no mush in your fridge and fruit bowl from now on.

1) Potatoes and sweet potatoes

Potatoes are best kept in a cool, dry and dark cupboard. Don’t worry if they have started sprouting, just cut off any sprouts before using them.

2) Apples

860,000 apples are thrown away a day in the UK! Apples last up to two weeks longer in the fridge in their original packaging. If you buy them loose, pop them in a reusable container in the fridge.

3) Bananas

Bananas should be kept in a cool and dark place (but not the fridge) and should generally keep their distance from other fruit and veg. Sorry bananas!

4) Mushrooms

A mushroom’s ideal home is in the fridge in a paper bag or the original packaging. Once opened, keep them fresh by covering them with a folded tea towel snugly like a blanket.

5) Lettuce, 6) Salad leaves and 7) Spinach

Moisture is the mortal enemy of our leafy heroes. Keep them fresher for longer in the fridge in their original packaging or in a container lined with a piece of kitchen towel.

8) Peppers

Last up to two weeks longer in their original packaging in the fridge. Only using part of a pepper? Keep peppers perky by leaving the stalk and seeds attached, then store in the fridge.

9) Celery

Can wilt as it loses water. Revive it in a refreshing bowl of ice water. And don't forget to use those lovely leaves in a stew, stock or soup!

10) Avocados

Are best stored in the fridge or on the counter to ripen them quickly. Only need half? Leave the stone in and sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent the other half from browning, then store in the fridge.  So you've stored all your fruit and veg correctly, did you know you can freeze it too? It's a great way to save ingredients you can't use in time.

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