Fruits: Refrigerate or Leave Out? (avocado, tomatoes, vegetables, apple)
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I never refrigerate any fruits if I can help it, as I find it seems to destroy the flavour. If it is a very hot , humid day then I might refrigerate strawberries and raspberries for a few hours before eating them, as they seem to spoil really quickly but ideally I prefer my fruits at room temperature.
Most of them have been stored in refrigerated units before coming up or sale and have already lost a lot of their natural taste and fragrance.
I put bananas in the fridge, because I buy about 8 at a time. They turn dark, but they keep their texture longer. Most fruits, like mangoes, are put on the shelves about 2 weeks before they are ready to eat. I put them in a dark closet to ripen.
Since it's warm to hot much of the year here, we buy small amounts of most fruit as we prefer not to refrigerate them. Yet if we don't, they spoil rather quickly, so it's a bit of a dilemma. We never refrigerate bananas or tomatoes, ever. But anything we're not going to eat soon, we have to refrigerate. Not as critical in winter.
I never eat cold fruit out of the fridge as it hurts my teeth. And I don't find it as flavourful.
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