Apples: The sweeter the apple the shorter the life. Try and buy granny smiths, Fuji, or other tart apples for cruising. Be sure to buy un-bruised fruit, which can last several months. Store in cool, dark, well-ventilated area. Never wrap in newspaper. After apples are cut, refrigerate but before cutting, apples should not be refrigerated.
To extend your food stores’ shelf life store apples should be stored separately from other produce because they give off large amounts of a gas called ethylene which promotes ripening. If you want an unripe piece of fruit to ripen quickly simply put it in a bag with an apple. Though Fuji and granny smith apples do not produce as much ethylene as other varieties.
Apricots: Apricots have a minimal shelf-life, at best 1-3 weeks with refrigeration. Though they are good treat in port they are not an ideal cruising fruit. Dried apricots on the other hand are absolutely delicious and make an excellent addition to your pantry.
Asian Pears: Store in cool dark well-ventilated area. Asian pears have high ethylene production, but not as high as apples. This means that the fruit be stored with other produce, but not a bad idea to keep separate as ethylene causes other produce to age rapidly. Asian pears can last months.
Asparagus: Cut ¼” off the bottom and tore upright in 1 inch of water in the refrigerator. Can last up to 3-weeks with refrigeration, though I have only had luck up to 2-weeks. At sea, wrap bottom in a wet towel or paper towel in a perforated plastic bag to extend the shelf-life to over a week. Keep away from apples and bananas because the ethylene gas they emit will age, and toughen the asparagus. You can also buy canned asparagus as well and some people are quite fond of it.
Avocados: Buy green and hard, because avocados don’t ripen on the tree they are always picked hard as rocks. Once they reach the grocery store they start ripening. Avocadoes can last up to a month in the fruit hammock. Be sure to keep them away from apples though. Transfer to the refrigerator for additional 4-days. They be frozen for up to 6-months. A little lemon juice helps prevent them from turning black.