Depending on our climate we’re all used to storing our fruit in the refrigerator, most often wrapped in plastic or kept in plastic bags, but it’s not always the best solution for keeping them fresh. Check out this great guide for storing your fruit and reducing your use of plastic. You may be surprised that plastic isn’t always the best solution.
Guide to Storing Fruit without Plastic
|Apples||Store on a cool counter or shelf for up to two weeks. For longer storage in a cardboard box in the fridge.|
|Apricots||On a cool counter to room temperature or fridge if fully ripe.|
|Berries||Don’t forget, they’re fragile. When storing be careful not to stack too many high, a single layer if possible. A paper bag works well, only wash before you plan on eating them.|
|Citrus||Store in a cool place, with good airflow, never in an air‐tight container.|
|Cherries||Store in an airtight container. Don’t wash cherries until ready to eat, any added moisture encourages mold.|
|Dates||Dryer dates (like Deglet Noor) are fine stored out on the counter in a bowl or the paper bag they were bought in. Moist dates (like Medjool) need a bit of refrigeration if they’re going to be stored over a week, either in cloth or a paper bag‐ as long as it’s porous to keeping the moisture away from the skin of the dates.|
|Figs||Don’t like humidity, so, no closed containers. A paper bag works to absorb excess moisture, but a plate works best in the fridge up to a week un‐stacked.|
|Melons||Uncut in a cool dry place, out of the sun up to a couple weeks. Cut melons should be in the fridge, an open container is fine.|
|Nectarine||(Similar to apricots) Store in the fridge is okay if ripe, but best taken out a day or two before you plan on eating them so they soften to room temperature.|
|Peaches (and most stone fruit)||Refrigerate only when fully ripe. More firm fruit will ripen on the counter.|
|Pears||Will keep for a few weeks on a cool counter, but fine in a paper bag. To hasten the ripening put an apple in with them.|
|Persimmon||Fuyu (shorter/pumpkin shaped): Store at room temperature.
Hachiya (longer/pointed end): Room temperature until completely mushy. The astringentness of them only subsides when they are completely ripe. To hasten the ripening process place in a paper bag with a few apples for a week, check now and then, but don’t stack‐they get very fragile when really ripe.
|Pomegranates||Keep up to a month stored on a cool counter.|
|Strawberries||Don’t like to be wet. Do best in a paper bag in the fridge for up to a week. Check the bag for moisture every other day.|
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