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Refrigerator? Counter top? Where does fresh fruit go?

Apricots, bananas, cantaloupe, kiwi, nectarines, peaches, pears, plantains, plums and tomatoes continue to ripen after being picked. Ripen fruit at room temperature. Once they are ripe, refrigerate.

Apples, cherries, grapefruit, grapes, oranges, pineapples, strawberries, tangerines and watermelon are received ripe and should be refrigerated.

How to ripen fresh fruit

Ripen at room temperature Refrigerate upon receiving
Apricots Applies
Bananas Cherries
Cantaloupe Grapefruit
Kiwi Grapes
Nectarines Oranges
Peaches Pineapple
Pears Strawberries
Plums Tangerines
Tomatoes Watermelon

Suzanne Driessen, Extension food safety educator

Reviewed in 2021

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