Guide to storing fruits: Where and when to keep fruits in your refrigerator

You’ve just returned from your weekly grocery shopping from your local supermarket, where you picked up some avocados. They’re not quite ripe, though, so you carefully place them away in the refrigerator, thinking they’ll ripen in a few days’ time.

Oops! Wrong move. As you’ll see, avocados fall into the category of fruits that must be ripened at room temperature in order to reach all their fruity potential. It’s only when they’re fully ripe that should you even think about refrigerating them.

Follow the handy guidelines below and you’ll enjoy the maximum flavor and shelf life from your fresh fruit every time.

Ripen or Soften at Room Temperature Before Refrigerating

The following fruits continue to ripen or soften after they’ve been picked; premature refrigeration will cause them to lose flavor. Store these fruits at room temperature until they’re fully ripe or soft, then refrigerate:

Apricots

Bananas

Avocados

Guava

Honeydew melons

Mangos

Kiwi fruit

Peaches

Persimons

Pineapple

Papayas

Plum

Star fruit

Refrigerate Immediately After Purchase

Once the following fruits have been picked, they won’t ripen any further. Leaving them at room temperature will only speed up their decay, so you should store them in the fridge immediately after purchase:

Blackberries

Blueberries

Cherries

Grapes

Raspberries

Strawberries

Store at Room Temperature OR Refrigerate Immediately

The following fruits won’t ripen any further once they’ve been picked and they’ll last longest if you store them in the fridge right away. But it’s also fine to leave them at room temperature for a while, if you so desire. For instance, you might want to include these fruits as part of an attractive counter-top fruit arrangement.

Apples

Lemons

Limes

Oranges

Watermelon

Tangerines