How to Store Fruits and Vegetables

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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)
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries

Store these vegetables in the refrigerator:

  • Green Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Greens (collards, mustard, turnip)
  • Summer Squash
  • Sweet Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Lemons
  • Peppers

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
  • Persimmons
  • Melons (until ripe)

Keep these on the kitchen counter:

  • Apples (no longer than 7 days)
  • Bananas
  • Eggplant
  • Oranges
  • Melons
  • Tomatoes
  • Winter Squashes

Keep the following in the pantry, a cabinet or box, away from light where air can get to them:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes

HappyHealthy Top 7 Tips

How to make fresh fruits and vegetables last longer

Tip #1

  • Remove rubber bands and twist ties to allow for circulation.

Tip #2

  • Use fruits and vegetables within 1-3 days for maximum flavor and freshness.

Tip #3

  • Always store your fruits and vegetables separate from raw meat.

Tip #4

  • Always rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running water before using.

Tip #5

  • Wash:
    • Leafy Greens
    • Spinach 
    • Lettuce

Tip #6

  • Store vegetables separate from fruit.

Tip #7

  • It is not necessary to wash fruits and vegetables labeled “ready to eat,” “washed,” or “triple washed.”

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.