FIVE TIPS FOR STORING FRUITS –
1- For Storing whole melons, citrus fruit, mangoes, papayas, pomegranates, and bananas keep in a clean, dry area that maintains room temperature such as your kitchen counter.
2-Store fruits including apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, figs, grapes, Asian pears, raspberries and strawberries in the refrigerator immediately; they don’t require ripening first.
3-Place pre-sliced fruits and vegetables purchased from the store such as melons, citrus fruit and mangoes immediately into the refrigerator and use them within a couple days.
4-Transfer fruits to the refrigerator once they ripen to extend their life by two or more days. Most fruits and vegetables are ripe when they have an even, glossy color and yield to slight pressure when pressed on.
5-Inspect the fruits and vegetables daily for signs of mold. Throw away any fruits or vegetables immediately that show signs of damage or spoilage to prevent spoiling the other produce. Eat fruits and vegetables within a few days for the best quality since longer storage causes a loss in freshness and flavor, but as long as the food does not have mold growth it is still safe to eat.