Do you hate those ugly sprouts that form on your potatoes after just a couple of weeks? It turns out an apple a day might keep those tendrils away and also help the potatoes last longer.
Designer Jihyun Ryou says that the ethlylene gas produced by apples prevents potatoes from sprouting. Since apples also cause other fruits and vegetables to ripen too quickly, storing the apples away from them is good for your other produce, as well as helping the potatoes.
The apples and potatoes storage tip has also been proven by America’s Test Kitchen. In their experiment, potatoes stored with an apple stayed firm and sprout-free even after eight weeks, compared to potatoes stored without an apple; they turned out “largely soft, shrivelled, and sad looking”. So add an apple and save your potatoes.