The first step to enjoying fresh fruit is knowing how to store it at home. Optimize your produce purchases with these tips to keep your apples, pears, and cherries fresher, longer. (And always remember to wash your hands, and rinse fruit in cold water before eating.) Our featured fruit tip is on storing fresh apples. If you want to learn many more handy tips and tricks, sign up now for our free Healthy You Handbook!


Apples ripen quickly at room temperature – keep them in a cool space away from sunlight and heat. However, if you plan to eat them within a day or two, they’ll be fine on the counter. Otherwise, store them in a bag in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer. When refrigerated, most apples will keep for 3–4 weeks!


On average, a person in the U.S. eats 57 apples per year!