How to Store Fruit Correctly


Apples continue to ripen after they have been picked. If they are to be stored for any length of time, keep them in a cool, dry, dark place and make sure that they are spread out so that they are not touching each other.


Ripe apricots will keep in the refrigerator for a few days - unripe they will keep for longer.


Store bananas in a bowl at room temperature without any other fruit (they will cause the other fruit to over-ripen quickly). Do not refrigerate, otherwise the bananas will turn black.


Ripe cherries will keep for a few days in the fridge; wash them just before they are to be eaten.


Figs may be stored at room temperature until ripe, and then kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. However, they must be allowed to return to room temperature before serving, as the cold will numb their delicate flavour.


Store up to two weeks wrapped in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer of the fridge. Do not store for more than 1-2 days at room temperature.


Grapes will keep in good condition for 2 weeks in a cool larder wrapped in perforated cling film or for about 3 weeks in the refrigerator.


Melons should be stored in a cool, airy place - warmer if the melon is not quite ripe.


May be stored at room temperature for 2 weeks. For longer periods, refrigerate in perforated plastic bags.

Peaches and Nectarines

Store ripe nectarines and peaches in the fridge; those that are still a little too firm are better kept at room temperature.


Pears are at their best for a very short time, and although they can be left to mature for a little while they must be checked frequently.


Unripe plums can be kept in a warm room for a day or so to ripen. Ripe fruit should be stored in a cool place, although they may not keep for more than 2 or 3 days.

Soft Berries

Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and other soft berries are highly fragile and perishable and so should be eaten as soon as possible after picking or buying. If they must be stored, keep them in a dark, airy place such as a cool larder. Although storing them in the fridge is OK for short periods of time, it is usually too humid and the highly scented berries such as strawberries tend to permeate other foods, particularly butter, with their smell.