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Why you should be putting your apples in the fridge as soon as you bring them home

Australian fruit experts have revealed that apples should be kept in the fridge as soon as you bring them home from the supermarket to prolong their freshness.

The advice will come as a shock to those who prefer their apples at room temperature and keep them in a fruit bowl, but the refrigerator to reduces ripening speed and ensures the fruit tastes its best long after purchase.

'We strongly encourage retailers and consumers to handle their apples carefully and store them in a cool place – preferably in the fridge,' Aussie Apples wrote on its website, adding that 'cold storage' keeps apples 'almost as fresh as when they were picked'. 

'When you get your apples home, always keep them in the fridge as they will stay fresh and crisp for longer. If you prefer your apples at room temperature simply pop a few in your fruit bowl in the morning and they'll be ready to go by snack time.' 

Australian fruit experts revealed that apples should be kept in the fridge as soon as you bring them home from the supermarket to prolong their freshness 

To avoid browning after you've cut up an apple brush it with lemon, lime, pineapple or orange juice. The acidity from the citrus fruits will slow down the oxidisation process.

It will also give the apple a 'fruit salad' zesty flavour when you next take a bite.

If you've cut up an apple for a school lunchbox try tying the pieces back together with a rubber band, to reduce their exposure to oxygen.  

Airtight containers will similarly slow the reaction but whenever you can, avoid cutting up an apple before eating it.    

To avoid browning after you've cut up an apple brush it with lemon, lime, pineapple or orange juice (stock image)

How to prevent your apple from browning: 

* Brush lemon, lime, pineapple and orange juice on your apple to slow the oxidisation process.

* Cut an apple in segments and then tie it back together with an elastic band to reduce exposure to oxygen. 

* Store a cut apple in an airtight container in the fridge to slow the reaction.

* When you're making a fruit salad place apples alongside acidic fruits like mandarin segments to keep the flesh crunchy. 

Source: Aussie Apples

According to Still Tasty properly stored apples can stay in the fridge for one to two months before going off, or 10 to 12 months in the freezer.

Apples have the highest antioxidant capacity of Australia's most popular fruits, with dietary fibre to prevent weight gain, a low GI for longer lasting energy, potassium to control blood pressure and vitamin C for a healthy immune system. 

Apples also contain calcium for healthy bones and teeth, iron to transport oxygen in the body and zinc for the immune system and skin. 

They don't have any fat, cholesterol or salt in their make up. 

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