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Stone Fruit

Apricots, cherries, peaches, plums and nectarines. These fruits are all highly perishable, and care must be taken when storing stone fruit so that freshness and flavor are preserved.

Apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, and nectarines are all continue to ripen after being picked. If you have fruit that is not quite ripe, store it at room temperature until it reaches its peak. If the fruit is stored at cooler temperatures (36F to 50F) before it is ripe, it will become mushy and lose flavor.

Tips for Storing Stone Fruits

  • Do not stack fruit more than 2 layers deep
  • Avoid plastic bags as moisture build up can result in mold
  • These fruits can generally be kept for only 1 to 2 weeks

Cherries are not very sensitive to ethylene, but apricots, peaches, plums, and nectarines are all highly sensitive. Do not store these fruits with high ethylene producers such as apples or kiwis.

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