Gardening - Vegetable: Storing & Using
Many vegetables grown in home gardens can be stored fresh, but they must be harvested at the proper maturity and kept at the correct temperature and humidity. In addition, proper ventilation and sanitation must be maintained during storage. Basically, storage is placing harvested vegetables in an environment where the life processes, respiration and water loss, are kept at low levels.
"SP291-L-Fresh Vegetable Storage for Homeowners," The University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service, SP291L-11/05(Rep) 05-0272, http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_agexgard/47