With the week's dinners, school lunches and inevitable snack cravings, it's easy to leave the grocery store with an overflowing shopping cart. Considering that 40% of the land-grown food in the U.S. doesn't get eaten, chances are some of your purchases will spoil and end up in the trash-along with the money you paid for them. A better idea: Buy berries, bananas and other fare with notoriously short shelf lives sparingly, and stock up on food that can stick around to please your family's unpredictable palates. Read on to find out which produce items stand the test of time. Photo by Getty Images.
The hearty star of cole slaw and savory salads has another talent-it can last up to two weeks or longer, says Lindsay Malone, RD, of the Cleveland Clinic. The leafy green's life span is credited to its low production of ethylene, a chemical that causes ripening, and its many layers, she explains. To keep cabbage fresh that long, JJ Virgin, author of The VirginRead More »from 9 Surprising Fruits and Vegetables that Last a Long Time