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Fruit & Veggie - Storage Times & Tips


Keep your fruits and vegetables fresh and high in nutrients by following the storage tips below.

Fruit/
Vegetable
Storage Method/Time Tips
Apples Room temperature: 1 to 2 days

Refrigerator crisper: up to 1 month
Ripen apples at room temperature. Once they are ripe, store them unwashed in plastic bags in the crisper.
Bananas Room temperature: 2 to 3 days Ripen bananas at room temperature.
Berries (Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries) Refrigerator crisper: 2 to 3 days Before storing berries, remove any spoiled or crushed fruits. Store the berries unwashed in plastic bags or plastic containers. Do not remove the green tops from strawberries before storing them.
Broccoli Refrigerator crisper: 3 to 5 days Store broccoli unwashed in plastic bags.
Beets, Carrots, Parsnips, Radishes, Turnips Refrigerator crisper: 1 to 2 weeks Remove green tops and store the vegetables unwashed in plastic bags. Trim the taproots from radishes before storing.
Corn Refrigerator crisper: 1 to 2 days For best flavor, use corn immediately. Corn in husks can be stored in plastic bags for 1 to 2 days.
Grapes Refrigerator crisper: 3 to 5 days Store grapes unwashed in plastic bags.
Herbs Refrigerator crisper: 2 to 3 days Herbs may be stored in plastic bags.
Lettuce and Greens Refrigerator crisper: 5 to 7 days Store them unwashed in plastic bags in for lettuce; 1 to 2 days for greens the refrigerator crisper.
Melons (Watermelon, Honeydew, Cantaloupe)

 
Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days for cut melon For best flavor, store melons unwashed at room temperature until ripe. Store ripe, cut melon covered in the refrigerator.
Nectarines, Peaches, Pears

 
Refrigerator crisper: 5 days Ripen the fruit at room temperature, and then refrigerate it unwashed in plastic bags.
Onions (Red, White, Yellow, Green) Room temperature: 2 to 4 weeks Store dry onions loosely in a mesh bag for dry onions in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place away Refrigerator crisper: 3 to 5 days from sunlight. Store green onions for green onions unwashed.
Oranges Room temperature: 2 weeks Best stored at cool room temperature.
Potatoes Room temperature: 1 to 2 weeks Store unwashed potatoes in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from light, which causes greening.
Tomatoes Refrigerator crisper: 2 to 3 days Ripen tomatoes at room temperature for fully ripe tomatoes away from sunlight. For best flavor, store them unwashed at room temperature and eat them immediately when ripe. Store fully ripened tomatoes unwashed in the refrigerator.

Source: Texas Cooperative Extension