Ethylene Producing Foods

Core Issue:

  • Food spoiling too quickly
  • Where to store fruits and vegetables?
  • What foods are Ethylene Producing?
  • What foods are Ethylene Sensitive?
  • What is Ethylene?


Some fruits and vegetables will produce ethylene, a gas that initiates the ripening process, Ethylene can cause premature ripening in some foods, while in others it can actually cause damage. To reduce unnecessary spoilage of your produce, do not store ethylene producing fruits and vegetables with those that are sensitive to it. Refer to the following lists:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Ripening Bananas
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherimoyas
  • Figs
  • Honeydew
  • Kiwifruit
  • Mamey Sapote
  • Mangoes
  • Mangosteen
  • Nectarines
  • Papayas
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Plantains
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Quince
  • Tomatoes
  • Unripe Bananas
  • Green Beans
  • Belgian Endive
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Leafy Greens
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Watercress
  • Watermelon
See also, SubZero Food Preservation Cards.

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