With fruit and vegetables in particular it's not always clear what needs to be stored in the fridge and what can be left out. As a rule of thumb: native varieties tend to prefer it cool and exotic varieties from warmer countries prefer room temperature. But there are exceptions.
- Fruit and vegetables that can go in the fridge:
Apples, apricots, asparagus, beetroot, berries, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherries, damsons, figs, grapes, green beans, kiwis, mushrooms, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, radishes, salad leaves, sprouts, white cabbage
Aubergines, bananas, citrus fruits, courgettes, cucumber, mangos, melon, onions, papaya, peppers, pineapple, potatoes, squashes, tomatoes
Some types of fruit and vegetables give off ethylene when they are stored, which can cause other varieties to ripen more quickly. So you should always store varieties that are sensitive to ethylene away from those which give off lots of the gas.
- Varieties which give off ethylene:
Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, tomatoes
- Varieties that are sensitive to ethylene:
broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, honeydew melon, kiwis, leeks, mangos, peppers, potatoes, spinach, sprouts, white cabbage