The Best Ways to Store Tubers for Long-Term Use

Tubers are underground plant organs that store nutrients and energy for the growth of plants in the future. They come in different forms such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, cassava, and many more. These tubers can last for a long time if stored properly.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to store tubers to make them last longer and remain fresh.

Choosing the right tuber

Before storing your tubers, it is important to choose the right ones. Select matured and healthy-looking tubers with no signs of damage or decay. Avoid selecting soft or bruised ones as these have shorter shelf lives.

Sorting out bad Tubers

Always sort through your tuber haul before storage; separate good from bad ones so that they do not spoil one another

Curing Tubers

Curing is an essential step in preparing your tuber crops for storage. Curing allows any wounds on the surface of the skin to dry up and heal properly which reduces their susceptibility to rotting.

To cure your harvested crop:

1) Spread out harvested crop under shade.

This prevents exposure from direct sunlight

The indirect heat aids drying process

2) Allow them dry up undisturbed

Curing could take anywhere within a week – two weeks depending on climatic conditions.

Tuber Storage Environment

To extend their shelf life even further after curing you need keep them someplace cool & dark environment where there’s no moisture

Storing at temperature between (7-10°C) keeps most common types fresh months at length

Basically Storeaway somewhere dark like Pantry/ Root cellar/ Basement

Airflow Requirements

Most importantly ensure proper airflow – poorly ventilated storage will encourage humidity buildup & cause your tubers rot faster

Ventilating the room by opening windows or using a fan can enhance airflow

Storage Containers

Tubers are best stored in containers;

Cardboard boxes, burlap sacks, mesh bags all make good candidates

Conclusion

Storing tubers is essential to ensure that they remain fresh and of high quality for longer periods. By following these tips – curing, sorting, providing proper ventilation and temperature you are sure to have your harvested crop last well over time.

Be sure to follow through with these steps as each one complements the other; together it guarantees optimal preservation of your harvest.

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