If you’re ready to start eating healthy, you might be wondering how to store all your fruits so they’ll stay fresh as long as possible.
Grapes (shelf life: up to five days)
Before refrigerating, remove any grapes with broken skins and browning spots.
Cantaloupe (shelf life: up to six days)
Ripe melons should be stored in the refrigerator. Unripe melons can be kept in a cool, dark space until properly ripened. Cut melons should be tightly wrapped in plastic. Leave the seeds inside a cut melon until you are ready to eat it to help keep moisture in the fruit.
Bananas (shelf life: up to five days)
Keep bananas at room temperature until ripened. Once ripened, bananas can be refrigerated for three to five days. Overripe bananas can be put in the freezer in a plastic bag and used for smoothies (still frozen) or banana bread (thawed).
Apples (shelf life: up to nine days)
Refrigerated apples last much longer than those left at room temperature. Apples emit a naturally occurring gas that speeds ripening. To prevent apples from speeding up the ripening process of other items in your produce drawer, store them in a plastic bag. Conversely, to speed the ripening of other fruits (like a banana), can place them in a bag together. To maximize an apple’s flavor, let it come to room temperature before eating.
Peaches (shelf life: up to four days)
Peaches should be stored in the refrigerator and left out anywhere from a few hours to a day before serving.
Plums (shelf life: up to five days)
Ripen plums on your counter, then store in fridge and eat promptly.
Oranges (shelf life: up to six days)
You may notice that citrus has a slightly green color from time to time. Even though the fruit is sweet and ripe, some oranges go through a natural process called “regreening” in warm weather. When the fruit ripens on the tree, it turns bright orange, but warm temperatures may make the skin re-absorb chlorophyll as it hangs there waiting to be picked!
Don’t let the greenish color fool you! It’s perfectly ripe and often sweeter because warmer temperatures elevate the orange’s sugar content. Oranges keep well in the refrigerator, but can be stored at room temperature as well (though they won’t last quite as long). Oranges yield more juice when stored at room temperature.
Tomatoes (shelf life: up to six days)
Yes, tomatoes are a fruit! Keep tomatoes at room temperature until ripened. Once ripened, they will last two to three days. Try to avoid refrigerating tomatoes because the refrigerator severely affects their flavor.
Don’t forget: You can store your produce without washing, but be sure to wash before enjoying!