‘Tis the season to enjoy fresh, juicy citrus fruits.
Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and tangerines are in season at present and ever so pretty on our tables, buffets, and ever so good for us to enjoy.
Citrus keeps fresh longer when refrigerated. Do you know which citrus fruits should be refrigerated in a plastic bag and which ones need to breathe?
If not, we’ve compiled some tips to help you keep fresh fruit, fresh longer.
These are general storage guidelines. Length of storage may vary slightly based on temperature and other variables.
Keeps up to 1 week at room temperature. Refrigerate 28 to 42 days.
Allow to ripen at room temperature, until fruit is turns orange. Best eaten fresh. Refrigerate up to 1 week in a plastic bag.
Keeps up to 1 week at room temperature. Refrigerate in a plastic bag for 3 to 4 weeks.
Lime –Best used fresh. Keep out of direct sunlight. Refrigerate in a plastic bag, up to 1 week.
Keeps up to 5 days at room temperature. Refrigerate 3 to 4 weeks. Do not store in plastic bag. Oranges need to breathe.
Best eaten fresh. Refrigerate up to 7 days in a plastic bag.
Keeps up to 1 week at room temperature. Refrigerate in plastic bag up to 3 weeks.
Best used within 2 weeks. Refrigerate up to 28 days. Do not store in plastic bags, Tangerines need ventilation.
Citrus on Display
We love taking the time to appreciate and admire the goodness in each season. Decorating with citrus adds exciting bursts of color and energy to any room. Attractively display fresh citrus fruit on your sideboard or table; fill baskets, bowls, tall, glass cylinders or add fruit to a set of tiered, footed cake plates. (See our kumquat display photograph, above.) To keep the fruit from spoiling, alternate the fruit on display every few days, placing in the refrigerator.
© Citrus Storage tips by Deborah Tukua, from her book: Citrus Morning, Noon & Night: A Citrus Cookbook.
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