Don’t put your potatoes in the fridge. While that may be glaringly obvious to most, some of the vegetables and fruit on a new list might come as a surprise. Tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado shouldn’t be in there either.

As the weather heats up and food seems to spoil sooner, it’s best to know what’s good on the bench, in the cupboard or in the fridge. 

Don’t fridge these foods

  

A long list has been compiled by the University of California Davis and includes a surprising amount of fruit and vegetables many would consider fridge friendly. 

IN THE FRIDGE

FRUIT

A comprehensive list of fridge-friendly, and not so friendly, fruit and vegetables have been compiled.

University of California Davis

A comprehensive list of fridge-friendly, and not so friendly, fruit and vegetables have been compiled.

 

​Apples (> 7 days)
Apricots
Asian pears (nashi)
Blackberries
Blueberries
Cherries
Cut fruits
Figs
Grapes
Raspberries
Strawberries 

VEGETABLES

Artichokes
Asparagus
Green beans
Lima beans
Beetroot 
Belgian endive
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Cut vegetables
Green Onions
Herbs (not Basil)
Leafy Vegetables
Leeks
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Peas
Radishes
Spinach
Sprouts
Summer Squashes
Sweet Corn 

Fresh ripe raspberries: best in the fridge.

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Fresh ripe raspberries: best in the fridge.

 

BENCH-RIPEN THEN REFRIGERATE 

Avocados
Kiwifruit
Nectarines
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Plumcots 

STORE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
FRUIT

Apples (< 7 Days)
Bananas
Grapefruit
Lemons
Limes
Mandarins
Mangoes
Muskmelons
Oranges
Papayas
Persimmons
Pineapple
Plantain
Pomegranates
Watermelons

VEGETABLES

Basil (in water)
Cucumbers†
Dry onions*
Eggplant†
Garlic*
Ginger
Jicama
Peppers†
Potatoes*
Pumpkins
Sweet potatoes*
Tomatoes
Winter squashes

*Store garlic, onions, potatoes, and sweet potatoes in a well ventilated area in the pantry. Protect potatoes from light to avoid greening.
†Cucumbers, eggplant and peppers can be kept in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 days if they are used soon after removal from the refrigerator.