Fruit is a terrific snack, but how do you know what goes in the refrigerator and what stays on the counter? Watch how easy storing fruit can be.
When the Farmers Market is in full swing, it's the perfect time to load up tons of healthy and fresh fruit. However, you might have some questions on how you go about storing fruit, depending on what you buy.
Tropical fruits like avocados, pineapples and mangoes are picked when they are not yet ripe, so they are two fruits you will not want to put in the refrigerator. Keep them out on the counter to help continue in the ripening process.
For fruits like strawberries (or any other berry) and grapes, you will want to put them in the refrigerator. However, be sure to wash them right before you serve them (not before you put them in the fridge). When these fruits get wet, they break down and begin to get moldy, so they will last longer if you hold off on washing them.
For fruits like melon or pomegranates, you can store those on the counter for a few weeks. However, once you cut them, they must be wrapped in an airtight container and refrigerated. Now that you know the secret to storing fruit, it's time to go shopping!
Frances Largeman-Roth is a nutritionist and cookbook author in New York City.
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When the farmers market is in full swing,
I love going and
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loading up on all the beautiful fruits.
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But you may not be sure,
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when you bring all that great stuff home,
where exactly to put it.
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For fruits such as pineapple, avocado,
and mangos, they're actually picked
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when they're not quite ripe, so when you
bring them home, you don't want to put
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them into the refrigerator because that's
going to stop the ripening process.
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You want to keep them out on
the counter and allow them to ripen.
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For fruits like strawberries and
grapes and any berry, you wanna put
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these in the refrigerator, and you wanna
wash them right before you serve them,
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because once they're wet, they will
start to break down and get moldy.
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For fruits like watermelon and
other melon, pomegranates and
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grapefruit, you can actually
store those on the counter for
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a few weeks without putting
them in the refrigerator.
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For any fruit, once you cut into it, you
wanna wrap it up in an air tight container
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and then put it in
the refrigerator to store it.
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