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Jan 27, 2017

How to store your living greens and herbs

With three greenhouses under our belt, and 43 new varieties of living greens and herbs harvested year round in our brand new Anjou greenhouse (63,000 more square feet of farm!), we thought we’d share some tips on keeping your living greens fresh longer. When we harvest our greens, we keep the cube of coconut husk in which the roots grow on the plant. It absorbs and holds all the water the plant needs to stay fresh until it gets to you.

Storing your living greens like lettuce, spinach, radishes, watercress and others

  • When you’re transferring your greens from your Lufa Farms basket to your reusable tote, be gentle and make sure they’re well contained inside the bag in which they came.
  • Once you get home, use paper towels or a soft cloth to softly blot out all the excess water from the plant and close the bag in which it came in tightly (or transfer your plant into a resealable bag or container). Store on the top shelf of your fridge.
  • Check on your greens often to spot and discard any wilted leaves.
  • Tip: Make sure to keep your greens away from other veggies. Plants naturally produce ethylene that’ll speed up ripening.

Storing hardy and soft living herbs

  • Excessive moisture and heat will make your herbs turn black or yellow, and wilt quickly. So to keep them fresh longer, the best way to store them is wrapped in a damp (not wet) paper towel or a clean cloth, in an airtight container or a resealable bag in the fridge.
  • Make sure you don’t put them too far in the back or at the very bottom as they’ll freeze.

Storing living microgreens

  • You can let your microgreens grow on a well-lit kitchen counter away from too much heat.
  • Water them regularly, and harvest to order.
  • Tip: If you want to stop or slow the growth, store in the fridge in an airtight container.

Basil is one of a kind

  • Basil is a delicate and capricious herb that can’t tolerate cold air, direct sunlight, and too much oxygen, so avoid placing it in the fridge with the rest of your plants.
  • Store it on your kitchen counter or in a warm well-lit place with no direct sunlight or cool air flow.  Water regularly.
  • Tip: If you need to transport your plant in winter, at your pick-up point, gently fold all the leaves inside the bag the plant came in, and seal it at the top to create a mini greenhouse. This will protect your plant from harsh elements.

That should cover it. If you have a technique that works great for you, please share it with other Lufavores in the comments section!

And bon appétit!

 

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