Bananas. Wrap foil around banana stems and store at room temperature.
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Melons. Melon gets a bit rubbery when stored in the fridge, so it’s best to keep it at room temperature. Cantaloupe, however, goes from ripe to over-ripe very quickly, and can be stored in the refrigerator.
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Berries. Don’t rinse berries before storing them in the refrigerator, unless you add a little bit of vinegar to the fruit bath, which can add to your fruit’s lifespan.
Tomatoes. And yes, they’re fruit. Store tomatoes unwashed at room temperature. If you store them in the fridge, tomatoes tend to get a mealy texture.
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Apples. Store apples in a cool dark place; you can also refrigerate apples, which extends their lifespan to several months.
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Everything else. Pears, peaches, plums, mangoes, and most other fruit can ripen at room temperature. To speed up the ripening process, store these in a brown paper bag. Once they yield slightly to the touch, store them in the refrigerator.