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How to Store Fresh Fruit

Suzanne Driessen, Extension Educator — Food Safety

Reviewed 2014 by Kathy Brandt, Extension Educator — Food Safety.

Apricots, bananas, cantaloupe, kiwi, nectarines, peaches, pears, plantains, plum and tomatoes continue to ripen after being picked. Ripen fruit at room temperature. Once ripe, refrigerate.

Apples, cherries, grapefruit, grapes, oranges, pineapples, strawberries, tangerines and watermelon are received ripe and should be refrigerated.

Ripen at room temperature Refrigerate upon receiving
Apricots Apples
Bananas Cherries
Cantaloupe Grapefruit
Kiwi Grapes
Nectarines Oranges
Peaches Pineapple
Pears Strawberries
Plums Tangerines
Tomatoes Watermelon


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