Berries & Cherries
Tropical & Specialty
Store slightly under-ripe melons in a pierced paper bag at room temperature for a
few days. Adding an apple to the bag will coax the fruit into ripeness. A ripe melon
will give slightly when pressed on the stem end, and will produce a delicate fragrance
from the blossom end once it does so, store in the refrigerator.
Storing Ripe, Uncut Melons
Despite their hardy appearance, melons are quite perishable. Keep ripe melons away
from other fruit so that the ethylene gas that they produce does not speed up the
fruit's ripening. Uncut ripe melons should keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Storing Cut Melons
When storing a halved melon, leave the seeds in to help keep it fresh. Once you've
cut into a melon, wrap the remainder in plastic and it should keep in the fridge for
about 3 days.
If you find yourself with more melon than you can eat before it spoils, freeze it. Cut
into cubes, tossing with 1/4 cup of sugar for each 2 cups of fruit if desired, and store
in an airtight container. The flesh will soften after it has thawed, but it will be fine for
use in smoothies or fruit soups.
Storing Uncut Watermelons
Once picked from the vine, watermelons will not ripen any further. To store, keep
these fruits in the fridge heat causes the juicy flesh to dry out and become
fibrous. Plus, chilling adds to watermelon's refreshing nature. A watermelon can be
stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks, and sometimes as long as 3.
Storing Cut Watermelons
When storing a cut melon, wrap the cut side in plastic, and it should keep in the
fridge for about 3 days. The plastic will prevent the watermelon from absorbing the
flavors of other foods and will keep its flesh moist.
If you find yourself with more watermelon than you can eat before it spoils, freeze it.
Cut into cubes, tossing with 1/4 cup of sugar for each 2 cups of fruit if desired, and
store in an airtight container. The flesh will not be crisp after it thaws, but it will be
fine for use in smoothies or fruit soups.
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