Carolyn Bell, RDN – Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Fruits can be kept at room temperature until they ripen. Once fruits ripen, keep them in the refrigerator or freezer. Sort your fruit before storing it because if you have any fruit that is decaying or bruised, it will contaminate other fruits and hasten their decay. When refrigerating fruits, it is best to remove them from plastic, grocery bags to reduce moisture. Wait and wash fruit when you are ready to eat the fruit because moisture invites mold. Always be sure to thoroughly wash fruit before eating or serving it. Many fruits have a wax coating, used for appearance and mold resistance, which rinses off when washed.