Most of us have a habit of putting everything in the fridge. This is how we think we will keep food and products fresh for longer. However, some fruits and vegetables have absolutely no place in the refrigerator. Who are they and why?
Stone fruits (peaches, apricots, cherries, nectarines, plums) have no place in the refrigerator. They are firmer and fleshier and their texture is designed to withstand higher temperatures. In the fridge, they will freeze, which will take away their sweetness and juiciness.
Watermelon and cantaloupe
If you want to preserve and even increase the aroma and taste of melons and watermelons, keep them out of the refrigerator.Research shows that storing melons and watermelons at room temperature also preserves the antioxidants in them. Chill with ice water immediately before consumption. If you do keep them in the fridge, don't leave them cut there. This will increase the risk of bacteria entering the refrigerator.
If the tomatoes are sour, even worse! Sweet and sour tomatoes have no place in the fridge if you want to enjoy their taste. Avoid storing tomatoes in the refrigerator if they are not fully ripe. This is crucial for the enzymes in them, not just for their taste.
The only exception is overripe tomatoes, which must be stored in the refrigerator.
Apples really have no problem staying both in and out of the fridge. There's just absolutely no need to keep them there. They are one of the most durable fruits, which makes it unnecessary to store them in the refrigerator. In addition, apples give off gas that can cause other fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator to go bad.Always keep them separate from other products.
Refrigerating most fruits and vegetables, like avocados, stops the ripening process. And as we know, avocados ripen slowly. If you want to consume it sooner after you buy it, keep it outdoors and not in the refrigerator.
Bananas stop ripening in the fridge and stay hard. They lose their sweetness and their texture remains crunchy instead of soft and meaty as it should be.