Berries season is on. Berries are everywhere and it is hard to resist them. We often buy them ahead, to have them at hand when we want to. It is however important to know how to store them to keep freshness for longer.
Separate ripe fruits
We should eat vegetables and fruits several times a day for our bodies to get natural vitamins and minerals. Most of fruits however emit ethylene. It is a chemical compound that stimulates ripening. What is important, the more ripen fruit is, the more ethylene it emits, and it gets overripen and then spoils. If all fruits are stored in a fridge in one drawer, mold that appears on one product can easily attack others. Therefore, ripe fruits should be kept separately. Fruits and vegetables that emit a lot of ethylene are: apples, ripe bananas, cabbage, eggplant, lettuce, melons, mango, nectarines, onion, pears, peaches, plums and tomatoes. That is why, we should pay special attention to them.
Fortunately, berries show some kind of resistance to ethylene produced by other products. They are, however, less resistant to mold. So have it in mind if we want to enjoy the taste of strawberries, black currants, blueberries and raspberries for longer.
- If we want to keep our fruits fresh as long as possible, we should pay more attention while buying them. Choose only firm and undamaged ones. Well selected strawberries, raspberries, black currants and blueberries can be safely kept in a fridge up to two days.
- We should immediately throw away all fruits that started to spoil. Removal of the spoiled peel or pulp is pointless, because mold is getting spread quickly and although we do not see it, probably the whole fruit has already been infected, and mold will appear soon.
- Proper humidity is also very important. If it is too high fruits will spoil quicker. Therefore, we need to store it on a tray or plate with a paper towel that absorbs the excessive water. Removing of peduncles right before consumption is equally important. They act as a cork that protects fruits from too much humidity getting inside.
- It is also worth to know on what shelf should we keep fruits in a fridge, including berries. Lower drawer is the most appropriate place. Temperature inside is around 10 Celsius degrees – best temperature for berries.
If you follow our guidelines: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black currants will surely stay fresh and you will enjoy their exceptional taste and properties for longer.