In a way, fresh produce is kind of like a food unicorn: It’s the one thing virtually all nutritionists, dietitians and other health experts can agree is super awesome. And we’ve gotta admit, plenty of fruits and vegetables are pretty tasty. But while purists may not like eating apples, oranges and — heaven forbid — tomatoes straight from the fridge, since it can reduce nutritional value and flavor, the alternative of leaving them on a countertop or in a pantry can lead to rapid spoilage.
What’s a picky farmers’ market enthusiast to do? Well, a Canadian company called Jarre has a pretty cool solution. It’s pricey (between $230 and $400 per piece), but it works, and it might provide some DIY inspiration for your next kitchen project if you’re feeling like a true ingenue who’d rather not break the bank.
Drawing on traditional methods used to keep foods (relatively) cool back in the day before electric refrigeration, Jarre’s “La Denise” storage series uses water and sand to regulate temperature and moisture inside a set of produce boxes. There’s one for juicy fruits that need lots of hydration, one for root vegetables and one for garlic, onions, potatoes and apples. On the outside, the containers have a sleek, modern vibe thanks to their simple ceramic and wood construction.
The concept itself is pretty elegant, really. The system’s designers say it keeps fruit and vegetables in sight while preventing them from becoming overripe too soon, giving you all the nutrients (and deliciousness) you need while making you less likely to toss them into the compost bin before you get to enjoy them. Pardon the pun, but it all sounds pretty chill to us.
How do you store your apples + oranges? Tell us in the comments below!
(Photos via Jarre)