How long do fruit baskets last?
There is nothing healthier and sweeter to receive than fresh fruit baskets from your loved ones. A basket of fruit containing different citrus like oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, Satsuma, and honeybells embellished with nuts and assorted sweet goodies is a treat indeed.
Such a bountiful gift is best enjoyed fresh, but how long can the delicious items in a fruit basket be expected to last? Furthermore, how can you best keep the items fresh while you enjoy them?
Keep it fresh!
When you order fruit baskets they usually come in beautiful assorted fruit arrangements. Some keep the fruits in the basket they came in, while others put the fruits either inside the refrigerator or in a porcelain bowl.
Now if you do all of these storing techniques at the same time, you will notice that the freshness of the fruits varies. Why? It is all because of air circulation, visibility and temperature.
- Air circulation plays a big part in keeping your fruits fresh. Fruits release gases into the air and an open basket allows these gases to flow freely instead of getting trapped (like in a porcelain bowl) causing the fruits to age faster. If we use fruit baskets that promote air circulation, then fruits would definitely last longer.
- Visibility: the more we see what is readily available to us, the more chances those fruits have of getting consumed. A basket gives us a good view of what we have as gift fruits enticing us to grab those fruits and eat them while they are still fresh.
- Temperature is another factor we have to consider. Keeping the fruits at room temperature allows them to remain fresh for 2 to 3 weeks. We can prolong the life span of citrus fruits by putting them inside a tightly closed container before placing them inside the refrigerator, where they usually last for up to a month or more. Keep in mind though that sometimes refrigerated fruits lose their taste and texture so you may want to eat the freshly delivered fruits within 2 to 3 weeks so you still get to enjoy the fruits’ full flavor and texture.
Fresh or Rotten?
How do we know if the fruit delivered to our front door still fresh?
Well we can rely mostly on our senses. Rotten or spoiled citrus can be determined by looking for soft spots, areas with discoloration, molds and a distinct sour smell.
Just make sure to follow this rule: first in, first out. The older fruit should be eaten first before we eat the new ones to make sure that no fruits go rotten.
Mail fruit baskets contain more citrus fruits than one person can eat. So what do we do with those extra fruits? Do we just wait for them to go bad then throw them away? Of course not! We can always store those fruits or make use of them when making different smoothies, meals, salad, pastries, cakes or vinaigrette.
You will never run out of things to do with the gourmet oranges and other fruits included in the fruit order basket.