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What are some fruits that don't go bad in five seconds?

Asked by livelaughlove21 (15623points) December 8th, 2012

I go grocery shopping one day per week, on Sundays, and I almost always buy some type of fruit. The only kinds that seem to last the whole week are bananas and apples. The strawberries seem to go bad the fastest and I hate tossing them and wasting money.

What fruits last the longest and what is the best way to store those fruits to keep them fresh? Preferably fruits that are “in season” right now (strawberries this time of year are way too firm and bitter). Also, I only fruit want I can get in your run-of-the-mill grocery store, as I’ve never stepped foot into a health food store and would really rather not.

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jaytkay's avatar

Oranges and grapefruit can last. If you have a porch or garage and the weather is cool, that helps.

I share your aversion to “health food” stores, but are there ethnic groceries in your area? Vegetables and fruit are really cheap at the Korean and Vietnamese stores in my area.

Unbroken's avatar

Oranges, pineapples if you buy ripe cut it up and put in fridge right away.

Mangoes if you don’t buy it ripe, you can get several with different open dates. One ready today one almost there and a couple quite firm.

Grapes generally last a week.

glacial's avatar

Store them in a cool, dry place. And remember that the rinds of most fruits give off compounds (ethylene) that will speed up the ripening process in other fruits… so keep your avocados away from the bananas. :)

For the same reason, store them in bowls or something, not in plastic bags – you want the ethylene to be able to escape, not be trapped close to the fruit.

YARNLADY's avatar

Kiwi, apples, oranges, melons, grapes. Wash fruit as soon as you get it home, and store it in the refrigerator.

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Silence04's avatar

Have you tried shopping at a local produce stand a or farmer’s market. Produce at grocery stores usually aren’t very fresh to begin with.

Aethelwine's avatar

Late fall is clementine season. You can refrigerate them in the crisper drawer, and they’ll keep well for one to two weeks.

downtide's avatar

Citrus fruits last a good while. So does fresh pineapple (if it’s whole and you haven’t cut a piece out yet). I also tried persimmon recently- apparently those are supposed to taste better when over-ripe. Although mine was under-ripe and it was still delicious.

Shippy's avatar

Bananas here last a day in the heat. But I find buying not yet ripe fruit is better. Like mango’s and avocados. I hear u can even slice and freeze organic fruit. I haven’t tried it yet though.

Brian1946's avatar

Apricots seem to last for at least a week, but then I like them when they’re soft and devoid of mushiness.

Sometimes I’ll get some that aren’t quite ripe and they’ll take at least a week to fully ripen.

dxs's avatar

Pears last a while, too. I love citrus fruits, especially clementines during this season. You just have to keep them cool.

bookish1's avatar

Berries go bad the most quickly of the common fruits, I’ve noticed. They are damaged easily and that accelerates the process.
+1 for apples, pears, clementines/other citrus. Pineapple will stay fresh for a week, either cut up or whole in your fridge. I know pineapple. I used to grow them.
Keep your fridge as cold as possible before it frosts!

bewailknot's avatar

Strawberries usually last at least 4 or 5 days for me, but the rule is don’t rinse them off until you are about to use them. Other berries spoil super fast so I only buy them on the day I intend to use them.

gailcalled's avatar

At this time of year I buy frozen organic strawberries, blueberries and raspberries from my local food coop. They are not sprayed and can be thawed in a minute or so in the MW at a medium power. They are slightly more juicy than fresh fruit but taste delicious.

I find that my clementines last for several weeks if I refrigerate most of them and eat the ones left out within a day or so.

Highbrow's avatar

I think that there’s nothing worse than loading up during your weekly trip to the farmers market and then forgetting about all your goodies, only to find them languishing limply in your crisper drawer days later. To keep produce fresher for longer, follow my tips :

Some fruits and veggies produce a gas called ethylene as they ripen. This gas can prematurely ripen foods that are sensitive to it, so keep ethylene-producing foods away from ethylene-sensitive foods. Avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, kiwis, mangoes, nectarines, pears, plums, and tomatoes, for example, should be stored in a different place than your apples, broccoli, carrots, leafy greens, and watermelon. Get a longer list of fruits to store separately here.
Keep potatoes, onions, and tomatoes in a cool, dry place, but not in the fridge. The cold will ruin their flavor.
Store unripe fruits and veggies like pears, peaches, plums, kiwis, mangoes, apricots, avocados, melons, and bananas on the counter. Once they’re ripe, move them to the fridge. Banana peels will turn dark brown, but it won’t affect the flesh.
Store salad greens and fresh herbs in bags filled with a little air and sealed tightly.
Citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes, will do fine for up to a week in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight, but you can lengthen their lives by storing them in the fridge in a mesh or perforated plastic bag.
Wrap celery in aluminum foil and store it in the veggie bin in the fridge.
Other types of produce such as carrots, lettuce, and broccoli start to spoil as soon as they’re picked, so place these in separate plastic baggies in the crisper in your fridge ASAP (make sure they’re dry since moisture speeds up spoiling).
Cut the leafy tops of your pineapple off and store your pineapple upside down. This helps redistribute sugars that sink to the bottom during shipping and also helps it keep longer.
Avoid washing berries until right before you’re ready to eat them. Wetness encourages mold growth.
If you like to wash, dry, and cut your fruits and veggies all at once, store them in covered glass containers lined in paper towels. You’ll not only be able to see them — which reminds you to eat them — but you’ll also be keeping moisture out.
If you normally forget to use up fruits and veggies if you put them in the crisper, store your veggies in plain sight in Evert-Fresh or reusable produce bags that mimic your crisper’s function.
Buy only what you need. Go to the market more frequently, or if that’s not possible, plan out your meals ahead of time so you only buy what you know you’ll use.
If you notice any rotten produce, compost it immediately before it starts to spoil the rest of the produce.

How about you ?

What are your tips for keeping fruits and veggies fresh when you store them?

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burntbonez's avatar

Pineapple usually needs to ripen for days before you can eat it. So do many other fruits, like mangos and peaches and nectarines.

glacial's avatar

@Highbrow Good list. Citations are welcomed.

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dxs's avatar

I bought blackberries a week ago and as of now theyre still good! (refrigerated, of course)

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