Focus12 : The Need to Store Right

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Have you ever walked into a market where vegetables and fruits are all mixed up just in ONE basket? Imagine ripe, yellow bananas, green beans, strong-smelling onions and mild flavoured avocados all tossed into one big basket. And wonder why breads are placed in specific baskets where grain is stored in jute bags?

2. That brings us to focus on containers or baskets seen everywhere in markets.

Fruit is best displayed or stored in wicker baskets. Neatly arranged fruit remains well aired and the changing colours and smell pleases the senses. Baskets are also used for keeping fresh-baked breads. The shape of the bread remaining intact with the specific size and shape of the basket. Food chemistry is another deciding factor on the choice of container. Onions give a strong odour, thus need an airy mesh container. Bananas ripen quickly emitting ethylene gas, storing them separately from other fruit is essential.

Country style markets often display fresh produce in bamboo or wicker baskets. Sometimes straw baskets, totes for vegetable shopping, picnic baskets, bread baskets are sold in market stalls. They come in handy to the unprepared customer or an artistic shopper who delights in collecting.

Baskets for sale in Berne market

Baskets for sale in market in Bern.

The French have a flair for perfection and art! The baguette sits on long wooden shelves and either sits tall in a tote bag or lies sideways in a long basket. Certainly, one shoe does not fit all sizes!

Wicker baskets for storing various food

Wicker baskets for storing various food

In less fortunate countries, recycling and reusing is a way of life. The old basket turns handy for discarded fruit peels.

Wicker basket used for trash fruit peels

Wicker basket used for trash fruit peels

Jute sacks are popular for storing food grain. The natural fibre, allows the grain to breathe and cool. At Venkatesh Kirana (wholesale food grain) shop in Hyderabad market, pulses and rice are kept in large jute or plastic sacks.

Food grains store well in jute or plastic sacks

Food grains store well in jute or plastic sacks

In contrast, in Thailand, small quantities of rice sit pretty in cane baskets.

Rice grains stored in baskets

Rice grains stored in baskets

Cardboard boxes and crates make ideal containers for green vegetables and fresh flowers. Perishable produce is best stored away from direct sunlight, preferably under the shade of a canopy or covered under huge umbrellas.

Fresh vegetables stored in boxes under a canopy

Fresh vegetables stored in boxes under a canopy

At flower stalls, buckets of fresh water make for ideal containers. Baskets are lined with wet sponge to hold and nourish floral arrangements.

Fresh flower storage

Fresh flower storage

Strong smelling onions are best kept on open platforms in markets and are sold loose. Metallic or nylon mesh containers provide light and air for storing larger quantities of onions and help in the release of strong odour.

Airy metallic containers to store onions

Airy metallic containers to store onions

How are fruits and flowers stored in markets near your home? Your comments will add value and interest to my posts.

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About Veena S.

'Travel broadens the mind.' It's been a wonderful journey through the past few years, living and travelling to many countries. Certainly there were few eye openers, at other times just a comparison on cultures and food and cuisines. My blog is my learning journey to capture and re live these moments, share photographs and use technology. Come ...see the world with me.

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  1. तुझ्या माझ्या स्वयंपाकघरातील पारदर्शक काचेच्या बरण्या , त्यात ठेवलेली कडधान्ये आठवली ! हवेशीर ठेवलेले कांदे पाहून सुचले — सहज गम्मत म्हणून सांगते — कडधान्ये साठवण करताना त्याला मातीची पुटे देवून उन्हात वाळवून मग साठवण केली तर कधी खराब होत नाहीत !

    2016-02-14 21:28 GMT+05:30 Walk to Market :

    > Veena S. posted: “Have you ever walked into a market where vegetables and > fruits are all mixed up just in ONE basket? Imagine ripe, yellow bananas, > green beans, strong-smelling onions and mild flavoured avocados all tossed > into one big basket. And wonder why breads are pla” >

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