Skip to Main navigation Skip to Left navigation Skip to Main content Skip to Footer

University of Minnesota Extension

Extension is almost done building a new website! Please take a sneak peek or read about our redesign process.

Extension > Food > Food Safety > Preserving and Preparing > Fruits > How to Store Fresh Fruit

Print Icon Email Icon Share Icon


little girl with basket of fresh strawbereries

How to Store Fresh Fruit

Suzanne Driessen

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


University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Lancaster County. Retrieved on September 2, 2008 from

Related Resources

Reviewed by Suzanne Driessen 2016

  • © Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
  • The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Privacy