The festive season is here and you must be expecting a lot of fruit basket hampers from your near and dear ones. Winter is the season to relish on a variety of yummy fruits and also share them on Christmas and New Year with family, friends and your close ones. The most common mistake most of us make is, thinking that all fruits need to be stored in the fridge. To solve your confusion, we have a list of all fruits along with their appropriate areas for storing. We hope you do not go wrong with any of the following fruits the next time.
Before refrigerating, ripen the fruits at room temperature
Following list of fruits always continue to soften or ripen even long after they have been plucked and picked. These fruits are generally widely sold on roads and streets since they do not ripen very soon. When you refrigerate them before they are totally mature, the fruits will lose its entire flavour and their texture will become quite mealy and messy. Store the following fruits at normal room temperature and then refrigerate them until you are sure they are soft and ripe
Apricot, banana, avocado, cantaloupe melon, cherimoya, casaba melons, Crenshaw melon, honeydew melon, guava, kiwifruit, mangoes, papaya, nectarines, passion fruit, peaches, persimmons, pears, plantains, pineapple, prickly pears, plums, quinces, star fruit, and kiwi fruit.
Immediately after purchasing, refrigerate these
After you pluck the following fruits, they will not soften any more. Do not store them at room temperature. If you do, they will begin to decay very soon and smell bad. Immediately after your buy them, store these fruits in the fridge.
Blackberries, boysenberries, blueberries, cherries, red currant, black currant, white currant, cranberries, elderberries, grapes, figs, litchis, huckleberries, raspberries, strawberries, and rhubarb.
Either keep in fridge immediately or store them in room temperature
Some fruits are such that they do not ripen any more after they have been plucked. But these same fruits will last a long time if stored in the fridge immediately after purchasing them. However, there is also no harm to leave these fruits at normal room temperature for a few hours; they do not decay very soon. For example, there are a few fruits, which we use as a topping or as a decorative piece on top of a dish. Here is a list of fruits, which you can refrigerate as well as store at room temperate for a short period of time, but not more than five to six hours.
Apple, grapefruit, Clementine, kumquats, limes, lemons, pomegranate, orange, watermelon and tangerine
Make sure the basket carrying fruits is well packed and yet has enough space for air to enter the hamper. You can even decorate the basket with flowers and ribbons or use fruits themselves as decorative pieces. And of course, do not forget to attach a note along with the basket, on how to store fruits; it might come handy to the receiver of the fruit baskets. Happy festivities and happy fruity and juicy meals!