Winter is the season for sweet, juicy citrus from the sunnier states. Luckily for us, we're able to bring some of that sunshine to our boxes and help brighten up the cold Northeast weather with an abundance of organic citrus fruits. Any given week your box could have a selection of oranges, lemons or grapefruit for you to enjoy.
As bold and flavorful as they are, citrus fruits do have a sensitive side. Citrus can be stored at room temperature and out of direct sunlight for up to a week, but when exposed to heated or damp areas, they tend to break down more quickly. So how do you keep them fresh longer?
Here are some tips to help your citrus stay fresh and delicious.
- Keep citrus fruits in the crisping drawer of your refrigerator. This will keep fruit fresh for well over a week.
- When storing citrus in the fridge, avoid using a plastic bag because droplets of moisture can get trapped and promote mold growth.
- Be sure to take the fruit out of the refrigerator 15-20 minutes before eating to allow the fruit to warm up. Allowing the fruit to reach room temperature will make the juice sweeter and the skin easier to peel.
- If storing out of the fridge, keep ripe fruits and unripe fruits separated. This will keep the unripe fruit from ripening too quickly.
Orange you glad you know now?! Enjoy!