Below is a list of fruits and vegetables and where they should be stored, whether it’s in the fridge on a shelf, in a refrigerated draw or in a dark area on the countertop. These little tricks can extend the shelf life of your fresh fruits and veggies and save you from taking unwanted trips to the grocery store every few days. It can also help you reduce the amount of waste generated from throwing out good produce gone bad.

Apples: Room temperature (about 70°F) or in a refrigerated draw (about 40°F)

Apricots: Room temperature

Artichokes: Refrigerated draw

Asparagus: Refrigerate (keep in plastic bag)

Avocados: Room temperature

Bananas: Room temperature

Basil: Room temperature (in water)

Beets: Room temperature or refrigerated draw

Blueberries: Refrigerate

Broccoli: Refrigerated draw

Brussels Sprouts: Room temperature on stalk or refrigerated draw

Cabbage: Refrigerated draw

Cantaloupe: Room temperature (whole), refrigerate when cut

Carrots: Refrigerated draw

Cauliflower: Refrigerated draw

Celery: Refrigerated draw (keep in plastic bag)

Cherries: Refrigerate

Citrus fruits: Room temperature

Corn: Room temperature (in husk)

Cranberries: Refrigerate

Cucumbers: Refrigerated draw

Eggplant: Refrigerated draw

Garlic: Room temperature

Ginger: Room temperature

Grapes: Refrigerate

Green Beans: Refrigerated draw (keep in plastic bag)

Kiwi: Room temperature, refrigerate when ripe

Mango: Room temperature (whole), refrigerate when cut

Mushrooms: Refrigerate

Onions: Room temperature (dry); refrigerate when cut

Papaya: Room temperature or refrigerator draw

Peaches: Room temperature, refrigerate when ripe

Pears: Room temperature, refrigerate when ripe

Peas: Refrigerated draw

Bell Peppers: Refrigerated draw

Persimmons: Room temperature, refrigerate when ripe

Pineapple: Room temperature (whole), refrigerate when cut

Plums: Room temperature, refrigerate when ripe

Pomegranate: Room temperature

Potatoes and Sweet potatoes: Room temperature

Raspberries/Blackberries: Refrigerate

Leeks: Refrigerated draw (keep plastic bag)

Lettuce: Refrigerated draw (keep in plastic bag)

Spinach: Refrigerated draw

Summer Squash: Refrigerated draw (keep in plastic bag)

Strawberries: Refrigerate (whole and/or cut)

Tomatoes: Room temperature (don’t store on top of each other)

Watermelon: Room temperature (whole), refrigerate when cut

Winter Squash: Room temperature

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