So Freshy Vol 2: Store Yo’ Summer Fruits10/18/2018 - 08:51
Summer might still be a month and a half away, but summer fruits have already started cropping up! Delicious mangoes are already available along with grapes, cherries and honeydew.
However, along with the warmer months, fruits can ripen much faster than usual, and it can be hard to keep them fresh (save for sticking them all in the fridge and dealing with the super cold chill when you bite into them).
Here’s our roundup of how to store summer fruits so that they stay as cool as you do.
The Usual Suspects
Most apples are available all year round, but the apples that are in season around this time of year are gravenstein apples, usually from January to February. Though these particular apples don't keep for very long, most other apple types can keep for two – three weeks.
Storing apples whole and in the crisp drawer in the fridge is always best, and it’s normally how most people keep apples. But if you cut an apple open, and want to preserve them for a little bit – lemon juice or vinegar can stave off the brown spots for short time.
Pro Tip: if you want to ripen other fruits quickly, pop them next to apples!
Have you ever bought slightly green bananas, patiently waited for them to ripen and then they suddenly were overripe the next day and you couldn’t eat them?
No more! There a few tricks to stop them from sneakily ripening:
- The first option is to wrap the stems in cling wrap (be sure to rewrap them again if you remove one from the bunch). For optimum effect, it’s recommended that you separate the bananas from the bunch before wrapping the stems.
- If you’re cutting up banana slices for a snack for the kiddies and want to prevent them from turning brown, add a tiny, teaspoon of lemon juice and viola!
Oranges are pretty good being kept outside at room temperature in the fruit bowl for a week or so.
However, keeping oranges in a plastic bag in the fridge will keep them fresher for three to four weeks.
Grapefruits can be kept at room temperature and will happily last for a week. However, if you’re not planning to eat them straight away, pop them in a plastic bag and keep them in the crisper in the fridge – and they’ll keep for up to 6 weeks!
Uncut, honeydew will last between 7 to 10 days in the fridge. Cut halves should be covered tightly with cling wrap and will keep for 3 to 5 days in the fridge.
Rockmelon can be stored in the fridge for 5 days. If You’ve cut it in half, wrap tightly in cling wrap and it will stay for 3 days. Be sure to leave the seeds in to retain freshness!
Whole watermelon that hasn't been cut can last up to two weeks in the fridge. Cut watermelon should be covered with cling wrap and will keep for 3 days.
For all melons, ensure that they are properly stored in the fridge and keep them away from other fruits as they’re like apples –and if you do happen to leave them out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, it is best to throw them out.
The Stoned and Seedy
Grapes are always a summer fave! They are okay to sit are room temperature but are best kept in a plastic bag in the fridge for maximum freshness. Don’t wash them until you are ready to eat!
Mangoes never last overnight at my house, but if you are able to resist, ripe mangoes can last up to 5 days in the fridge. Unripe mangoes should be kept at room temperature and moved to the fridge after a few days.
If you want your mangoes to ripen faster, pop them in a paper bag and leave them out at room temperature!
Lovely, sweet passionfruit can last for up to a week in a plastic bag in the fridge. Unripe passionfruit can be left out at room temperature for a few days.
Just like mangoes, you can put unripe peaches in a paper bag and leave them at room temperature to make them ripen faster. Otherwise, unripe peaches can be left out and ripen naturally over a few days.
Once ripe, don't forget to refrigerate them!
Stay cool this summer, folks!