Understanding Food Chapter 17: Vegetables Webster’s dictionary refers to vegetables as “any plant,” but more specifically as those that are edible. Vegetables may be derived from almost any part of a plant: Roots Bulbs Stems Leaves Seeds Flowers Classification of Vegetables
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A cooler temperature is the most important factor in reducing respiration rates, and most fresh vegetables will last at least three days if refrigerated.
Storage times for various vegetables are ultimately based on their water content.
Some vegetables require special storage treatment. For example:
Bean sprouts are best stored in a bowl of cold water in the refrigerator, and the water should be changed frequently.
Ginger root should be frozen or stored in an airtight container to trap its moisture.Storage of Vegetables
…should never be stored in a refrigerator.