Can all fruits go in the fridge?

In this short guide, we will address the query, “Can all fruits go in the fridge?” We will also discuss the fruits that cannot go in the fridge and the fruits that can go in the fridge.

Can all fruits go in the fridge?

No, all fruits cannot go in the fridge. This is because some fruits continue to ripen even after they have been harvested and putting them in the fridge can halt the ripening  process, and may also cause them to lose their flavor, texture and even color.

Fruits are nutritious and healthy snacks and offer a lot of potential health benefits but are also perishable. They require proper storage conditions to keep them fresh and tasteful. The storage requirement depends on the physical condition and variety or type of the fruits. 

Various fruits have different storage requirements and it is important to know how to store your different fruits in order to extend their shelf life and reduce fruit spoilage. 

What are the fruits that cannot go in the fridge?

The following are the fruits that cannot go in the fridge:

  • Tomatoes
  • Bananas
  • Avocadoes
  • Pineapples
  • Plantains
  • Pawpaw
  • Pears
  • Melons

Tomatoes

Tomatoes do not have to be put in the fridge. This is because they may develop a mealy texture and lose their flavor. They are better stored outside the fridge on the counter or pantry to keep them juicy and tasteful for your consumption.

Bananas

Bananas prefer warmer temperatures to ripen. The enzymes that cause them to ripen are active at warmer temperatures. Putting unripe bananas in the fridge may halt ripening and further cause the banana’s skin to turn black. Although ripe bananas can go in the fridge to keep them fresh.

Avocados

Avocados, once picked, continue to ripen because of the ethylene they produce. This ripening process requires an optimum temperature of 20 degrees celsius. For this reason, avocados are best not stored in the fridge when they are unripe.

Pineapples

Fresh pineapples should not be put in the fridge because they can last at  room temperature for about 5 days. Meanwhile, cut pineapples should be kept in the fridge to preserve them.

Plantain

Like bananas, plantains do not continue to ripen when they are put in the fridge. So unripe plantain should be left to ripen at room temperature. Ripe plantain can be kept in the fridge to preserve them.

Pawpaw

Ripe pawpaw can last at room temperature for two to three days while unripe pawpaw can last up to 5 days. Refrigeration slows down the ripening process so it is better to leave your pawpaw outside the fridge to ripen if you need to consume it quickly.

Pears

Pears should be kept at room temperature to maintain their flavor while ripe pears should be kept in the fridge to preserve them for a long time.

Melon

According to the USDA, melons should be stored at room temperature to preserve their nutritional quality and keep them succulent.

What are the fruits that can go in the fridge?

Various fruits can go in the fridge. There are general guidelines for proper storage of different types of fruits. Some require that they are kept separately from others while some require that they are kept in the crisper drawer to meet their optimum temperature.

The following are the fruits that can go in the fridge:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Watermelon

Conclusion

In this short guide, we have addressed the query, “Can all fruits go in the fridge?” We have also discussed the fruits that cannot go in the fridge and the fruits that can go in the fridge.

Citations

www.marthastewart.com

8 Fruits and Vegetables You Shouldn’t Be Refrigerating | Bon Appétit (bonappetit.com)

32 Fruits and Veggies You Need to Refrigerate | Better Homes & Gardens (bhg.com)

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