Incorrect storing of fruit will result in a short life span of your fruit. If you have bought fruit at its peak, then obviously you will wish to store it in such a way that it will remain at its peak for as long as possible before spoiling. If you have bought fruit which is under ripe, then there are a variety of methods you can apply in order to speed up the ripening process. Read on for some of the best ways in which to store the most typical seasonal fruits correctly.
Apples are one of the easiest fruits to keep stored. Apples which are stored in a cool, dark place, or stored within the refrigerator can keep for several weeks. If the apples you have bought are not ripe enough, they can be ripened by placing within a brown paper bag. Once ripe enough, store within the refrigerator.
Bananas ripen quite quickly, so refrigerate them if you wish to slow down the ripening process. Don't be concerned if the peel of a refrigerated banana blackens or darkens. This is normal, and the flesh will still be unspoiled within.
Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits, don't ripen further after they are picked and remain edible for a relatively long time. When refrigerated they can last for up to three weeks. Pineapple is another fruit which does not ripen after picked, so is best if eaten within a few days of purchase.
Grapes should be kept in the fridge in order to preserve them. They will usually last for up to a week if refrigerated. They can spoil very quickly, so best to keep them refrigerated.
Berries, such as strawberries and cherries should ideally be consumed on the same day you purchase them. Once they hit their peak they can spoil rapidly. Keeping them stored in the refrigerator will slow down the ripening process, but they will still not taste quite as good as the day they have peaked.
Tree fruits, such as pears, peaches, and nectarines should be room temperature until fully ripe, after which they should be stored in the refrigerator. Tree fruits will normally last for several days within the refrigerator.
Mangoes, papayas, kiwis and avocados.
These fruits should be kept at fruit temperature until they have fully ripened. They can then be stored in the fridge for several days.
Whatever fruit you are storing, make sure you store them individually and free from touching other fruits. Fruits which are spoiling can affect other fruit and cause it to spoil also. Store fruit in much the same way as store fresh produce displays do. If in doubt, take a look at food display areas within your local grocery store or supermarket to get a good idea of how to best to store fruit. You can always ask your local greengrocer for tips in storing any fruit that you are purchasing from him. As a general rule, keep unripe fruit out of the refrigerator until ripened, and thereafter store within the refrigerator.
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To maintain a fresh food display, you should note that no fruit is touching the other, that every fruit is stored in accordance with the season as well as with respect to the stage in its ripening process. For a guide on storage of various fruits, visit this website.
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