How to Store Fruits and Vegetables
When you select or purchase fruits and vegetables from a garden, farmers market, or grocery, store fresh fruits and vegetables the right way:
- For best flavor
- To last longer
- To stretch your food dollars
Store these fruits in the refrigerator:
- Apples (to keep them more than 7 days)
Store these vegetables in the refrigerator:
- Green Beans
- Greens (collards, mustard, turnip)
- Summer Squash
- Sweet Corn
Keep these fruits on the counter until they’re ripe, then store in the refrigerator:
- Peaches (until soft to touch and fragrant)
- Pears (until soft to touch)
- Plums (until soft to touch and fragrant
- Melons (until ripe)
Keep these on the kitchen counter:
- Apples (no longer than 7 days)
- Winter Squashes
Keep the following in the pantry, a cabinet or box, away from light where air can get to them:
- Sweet Potatoes
HappyHealthy Top 7 Tips
How to make fresh fruits and vegetables last longer
- Remove rubber bands and twist ties to allow for circulation.
- Use fruits and vegetables within 1-3 days for maximum flavor and freshness.
- Always store your fruits and vegetables separate from raw meat.
- Always rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running water before using.
- Leafy Greens
- Store vegetables separate from fruit.
- It is not necessary to wash fruits and vegetables labeled “ready to eat,” “washed,” or “triple washed.”