Can cherries go in the fridge?

In this brief guide we’ll be answering the question, “can cherries go in the fridge?” We will discuss the nutritional value of  cherries along with their health benefits. We will also discuss the proper ways to store cherries and will get to know the health risks of eating spoiled cherries.

Can cherries go in the fridge?

Yes, it is necessary to keep cherries in the refrigerator. There is a high chance of getting them spoiled when they are kept out of the fridge.  Refrigerators increase the shelf life of cherries along with keeping their freshness.

The shelf life of cherries in the refrigerator is 1 week if you are putting them in air-sealed containers. To store them for a longer duration, put them in the freezer.

Once you’ve brought your cherries home, the first thing you should do is to put them in the refrigerator. Cherries can go bad very easily and they shouldn’t be kept at room temperature.

What is the nutritional value of cherries?

Cherries are little stone fruits with many different colours and flavours. There are two main types of cherries which are Tart and sweet cherries, and their scientific names are  Prunus cerasus L. and Prunus avium L. Cherries are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

100 grams of cherries provides

Nutrients Amount 
Carbohydrates 12 g
Energy 50 cal
Total fats0.3 g
Protein 1 g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 3 mg
Potassium 173 mg
Iron 1 %
Vitamin C16 %

What is the proper way to store cherries?

  • Always eat properly washed cherries. Do not wash your cherries before putting them in the refrigerator. The moisture will spoil them. If they’re damp, use paper towels to dry them. Only use cold water to rinse before eating or cooking.
  • Any rotten cherries should be removed. Check for bruising on your cherries. Remove and discard the ones that have gone bad.
  • Do not remove the stems. Freshness is indicated by bright green stems, and if you pluck them, your cherries will rot more quickly.
  • Put the cherries in a clean basin and store them somewhere dark. Cherries can survive for a few days when the temperature is not too hot but they will be preserved for a longer duration in the refrigerator.
  • Place cherries on a baking sheet to extend their shelf life. putting your cherries on the baking paper before putting them in the refrigerator will absorb their moisture and will not let the cherries go bad. Putting them in one layer will not bruise them. Do not overlayer or stack your cherries.

What are the health benefits of eating cherries?

  • Cherries are a good source of vitamin C and potassium. 100 g of cherries contain 16 % of vitamin C. Immunity of a person is improved by consuming vitamin C and it also improves skin, on the other hand,  potassium helps youtube regulate blood pressure and maintain neuronal health.
  • Cherries are a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • Cherries are a rich source of fibre, and we all know that fibres maintain your digestive health and avoid problems like constipation.
  • The high antioxidant content of cherries helps to prevent oxidative stress, which is very common in the person with metabolic and chronic problems like diabetes.
  • The anti-inflammatory agents that are present in the cherries are proven to be helpful to reduce the inflammation in the human body. They also help in decreasing muscle damage.
  • Due to the presence of potassium, vitamin C and many antioxidants  cherries are very good for heart health. It is recommended to consume cherries to improve your blood flow.
  • Cherries may help with arthritis and gout symptoms due to their anti-inflammatory properties. GOUT is a painful inflammatory disease that affects the joints. GOUT occurs when there are high levels of uric acid in the body. 

What are the health risks of eating spoiled cherries?

Cherries are to be stored in a refrigerator or freezer if left out on the shelf the temperature and environment will increase the bacterial growth and this will make them go bad.

  • Mycotoxin is a toxin that is produced by the mould which can grow very easily on the cherries. It is not safe to eat any part of the moulded cherry because it contains toxins that can cause allergic reactions and sometimes some respiratory issues.
  • You can get food poisoning from old or rotten cherries. They might contain viruses and bacteria that will make you sick.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide we answered the question, “can cherries go in the fridge?” We also discussed the nutritional value of cherries along with their health benefits. We also discussed the proper ways to store cherries and got to know the health risks of eating spoiled cherries.

References 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23674806/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5927356/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5490577/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.