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Where to Store Fruits and Vegetables

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Ever eaten a refrigerated tomato? Pretty gross, right?

It’s not that the tomato itself was necessarily bad, it’s that tomatoes are meant to live at room temperature. Refrigerating them alters their flavor and leads to a pasty, mealy texture that makes any tomato hard to like!

Since we’re currently at peak season for so many favorite fruits and vegetables, it’s a great time to revisit where to store our produce for maximum flavor, texture and nutritional value.

Below is a chart to help guide you after a trip to the farmer’s market or grocery store.

On the Counter

Keep the following fruits and vegetables at room temperature, on a platter or in a container that allows for air circulation – like a wire basket or colander.

Apples Peaches*
Apricots Pears*
Avocados* Peppers
Bananas Pineapple
Citrus Fruits Plums*
Eggplant Pomegranates
Kiwi* Pumpkin
Mangoes Tomatoes
Nectarines* Watermelon & Cantaloupe
Papayas Winter squash (squashes with a thick skin)

* Refrigerate after ripening to prolong the shelf-life

In the Fridge

Keep these items in their original packaging, or in light cloth or perforated plastic bags in the produce drawers.

Artichokes Carrots Grapes
Asparagus Cauliflower Green onions/Scallions
Green Beans Celery Lettuce/Leafy Greens
Beets Cherries Leeks
Berries Corn Peas
Broccoli Cucumbers Radishes
Cabbage Figs Summer Squash (zucchini)

Remove fruits an hour or so before serving, since flavor is often better at room temperature.

In the Pantry

Store these items away from light and in a well-ventilated area, like a cupboard or pantry.


Store onions and potatoes away from each other, as they tend to make each other go bad more quickly.


  • Deepika @easybabymeals
    August 4, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    This is so informative. Thank you very much.

  • Holly
    August 6, 2014 at 7:08 am

    What about common fruit like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries?

  • Holly
    August 6, 2014 at 7:10 am

    whoops found it!!

  • Amelia Winslow
    August 6, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    No worries, Holly šŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
    July 22, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Love this! So many people don’t know the right way to store produce. I have been telling my mother for years not to put her tomatoes in the refrigerator. Maybe now she’ll listen! Sending this to her asap!

  • Amelia Winslow
    July 23, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Refrigerated tomatoes are the worst!!

  • GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    July 27, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    LOVE this! Thanks for sharing šŸ˜€

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