While some Fruits and Vegetables need refrigeration, you should never refrigerate these 10 or else risk them becoming inedible.
Read on to find out which 10 Vegetables should never see the inside of your fridge.
10 Fruits and Vegetables You Should Never Refrigerate
Avocados can be tricky fruits to manage.
Keeping them in the refrigerator halts the ripening process so never keep them refrigerated.
Just store your avocados on the counter at room temperature.
If they are already ripe then use them immediately.
Do you want sweet and gritty potatoes?
No, we didn’t think so either.
Putting your potatoes in the fridge quickly turns the vegetable’s starches into gooey sugar.
Just keep them in the pantry away from extreme temperatures.
Full bulbs of garlic should be stored in a cool, dry place, such as your pantry.
Keep them in a ventilated container.
If you keep them in an airtight container they will mold quite rapidly.
If you store your garlic properly it will stay good for months.
Whole, uncut, onion bulbs should never be kept in the fridge.
If you do, they will quickly become moldy and mushy from the humidity in the refrigerator.
When onions are chilled the starches inside the bulb are converted to sugars.
Melons are sweetest and juiciest at room temperature.
That goes for all melons, whether watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew.
The USDA actually did research on the topic and found that this was indeed the case and that being at room temperature helps to keep antioxidants intact.
If you plan on using your eggplant within about two days of purchasing it, it’s best to keep it out of the refrigerator.
Just place it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Eggplants are best kept at room temperature.
Another fruit that you should never put in the refrigerator is a tomato and there is scientific evidence to back it up.
That’s right! New research recently confirmed that exposing the fruits to cold temperatures, such as in a refrigerator, damages the flavor-enhancing cells.
Researchers are looking into genetically modifying tomatoes to prevent this from happening.
But for now, if you want to preserve the flavor of your tomatoes, it’s best to keep them away from the refrigerator.
The placement of your bananas is going to be dependent on whether they are ripe.
Unripe bananas should be kept out of the fridge and it will be possible to tell if they are ripe by their color.
If your bananas are already ripe and you aren’t going to be eating them within the next few days, then you can place them in the fridge to stop them from over-ripening and going bad.
And remember not to keep them near other fruits and vegetables that you don’t want ripening any further due to the gas bananas emit.
10. Cucumber (And Pickles)
Another vegetable that might surprise you is the cucumber.
Cucumbers are at their best and tastiest when stored at room temperature.
The University of California even did a study on it.
They found that storing the vegetable in temperatures lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit caused damage to the cucumber.