Storing Citrus (Oranges, Lemons, Limes & Grapefruit)

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Tips for Storing Citrus Fruit

Storing citrus fruit actually depends on the specific type of citrus you have.  Lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruit can be stored at room temperature for about a week. To store citrus fruit longer, store in the refrigerator in a perforated plastic bag.

Fragile citrus fruit such a mandarin oranges or tangerines should be stored in a cool location. Storing them in the cold will damage the fruit.

Citrus and Ethylene:

Most citrus has a low or very low rate of ethylene production.  This means citrus can be stored with foods that are sensitive to the gas.  However most citrus fruits have a medium sensitivity to ethylene and exposure can cause them to mold faster.

Storage  Times:

Store citrus at room temperature for 5 to 7 days.

In the refrigerator, hardier citrus (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit) can be stored for 2 to 3 weeks.

If you found this post useful, or if you have any tips for storing citrus fruit, please leave a comment.


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