Berries & Cherries
Tropical & Specialty
PEACHES & PLUMS
Ripening Peaches and Nectarines
Store peaches and nectarines at room temperature until ripe this usually
takes 2 to 3 days. A ripe fruit will yield a bit when pressed gently. To speed up the
ripening process, place nectarines or peaches in a paper bag and store at room
temperature, out of direct sunlight. Storing ripe stone fruit in the crisper drawer will
prolong its eating life it should keep for up to a week when refrigerated.
Apricots' texture, color, and juiciness improve as the fruit matures. Allow apricots to
ripen at room temperature for 2 to 5 days; when the fruit is soft, it is ready to eat.
Because apricots are quite fragile and will spoil quickly if bruised, they should be
handled carefully. After apricots have ripened, pack loosely in a plastic bag, and they
will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Store plums at room temperature to ripen, check frequently because they are
extremely perishable. A ripe fruit will yield when pressed gently. To speed up the
ripening process, place plums in a paper bag and store at room temperature, away
from direct sunlight. Storing ripe plums in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer will
prolong their eating life they should keep for 3 to 5 days.
Freezing Stone Fruit
Stone fruit takes well to freezing. First, peel the fruit: drop into boiling water for 30
seconds, plunge into cool water, then remove the skins. Slice open and remove the
pits, which can impart bitterness to the fruit during freezing. Place in an airtight
container and they will last for up to a year. Rolling stone fruit in sugar before
freezing helps to preserve the shape.
Since cherries don't ripen after harvest and tend to spoil quickly, they should be
stored in the refrigerator, where they will keep for several days. They tend to absorb
the odors of other foods, so keep them stored separately. Wash cherries just before
To freeze whole or pitted cherries for long-term storage, wash, dry, and stem them,
then place in an airtight container and freeze. You can also freeze them in syrup or a
sugar pack. They will last for up to a year, and are excellent for pies, shakes, and ice
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