Storing oranges makes sense if the citrus fruits are not going to be eaten right away. But what is the best way to store oranges? Is the fridge the right place?
Usually you buy several oranges at once, but don’t want to eat them all at once and then ask yourself: How can I store the fresh oranges? In the fridge or is it better to keep it at room temperature? Which conditions are ideal for storing oranges and why they can go moldy so quickly.
Storing oranges: these are the advantages
The correct storage of the orange citrus fruits has several advantages:
- Taste: the aroma lasts longer
- Nutrients: Vitamins are not lost so quickly
- Sustainability: less food waste
Storing oranges: what temperature is ideal?
The temperature plays an important role in the correct storage of oranges, since citrus fruits – whether oranges, tangerines, grapefruits or lemons – are sensitive to cold. Cold damage manifests itself in a variety of ways, including brown spots on the skin, a bitter taste, and an unpleasant smell. In addition, the orange is then soft and the flesh looks glassy.
The ideal storage temperature for oranges is between 6 and 10 degrees Celsius. Oranges can usually be kept for several weeks at these temperatures. The fruit can still withstand temperatures of up to 18 degrees Celsius – however, at normal room temperatures of over 20 degrees Celsius, oranges spoil within a few days. The fruits should be kept cool but never too cold. So is the fridge the ideal place?
Store oranges in the fridge?
Oranges do not belong in the refrigerator, as the fruit then loses its aroma and taste, also due to the lack of air circulation. The only exception: the refrigerator is a sensible place to store oranges if you want them to keep for a very long time – up to five months are then possible.
How do you store oranges correctly?
Oranges like it when they are not only stored cool, but also dark, open and airy. Optimum storage locations are therefore unheated rooms, such as storage cellars or conservatories. During the cold season, oranges can also be kept outside as long as the temperature does not fall below 5 degrees Celsius. Otherwise, the fruit should be packed well with the help of styrofoam, for example – but this is not very environmentally friendly.
Always store oranges separately
Citrus fruits such as oranges should always be stored separately from other fruits and vegetables. There are two reasons for this: First, they quickly absorb odors from other foods. On the other hand, oranges give off the gas ethylene, which causes other fruits to ripen and spoil faster.
Oranges keep best if they are stored with enough space between them to avoid bruising. In addition, oranges can mold faster if they are close together – if one orange is infected with mold, others can quickly become infected. Wide containers without lids are therefore suitable for correct storage, for example a bakery box. Large bowls or sieves are also recommended.
Tip: It is best to only buy oranges in advance if you have a cool place to store them. Otherwise, just buy a small amount and eat within two days. Otherwise the fruit will spoil and end up in the trash.
Cut orange: how to store?
It often happens that when cooking or baking you only need half of an orange – what happens to the rest? Very simple: Place the half of the orange on a plate, cut side down. To prevent mold it is good if the interface dries briefly. The cut orange will keep for about a day at room temperature.
Why do oranges go moldy so quickly?
Suddenly the orange goes moldy, although it was bought not long ago. This is a problem that many are familiar with. Why are citrus fruits so susceptible to mold and spoil faster than other fruits and vegetables? After all, oranges have a thick skin that acts as a protective shield to protect the flesh from external influences.
The reason is already before the purchase: After the harvest, oranges are thoroughly cleaned and freed from dirt, chemical spray residues and parasites, for example. The cleaning attacks the natural wax layer that is on the shell – the ideal breeding ground for fungi. If the skin is then damaged on the way to the supermarket, fungi have a slight chance of infecting the oranges. In addition, the citrus fruits can easily dry out due to cleaning after harvesting. That is why it is important to store oranges properly at home.