The Melon Refrigeration Rule You Should Never Break

We don't know about you, but we store a lot (if not all) of our produce in the fridge. Lettuce, carrots, apricots, zucchinis, you name it, we're probably keeping it in the icebox. That seems like the correct way to store fruits and veggies to prevent them from going bad, and for the most part, it is the best way to keep your produce fresh and crisp for longer, but there are a few exceptions to the "refrigerate produce" rule.

For starters, we knew that bananas, avocados, and tomatoes are probably best left out, but we didn't realize berries fell into that group as well. According to Delish, berries will stay fresh at room temperature, and refrigerator moisture might possibly ruin them. Also, it's best to only wash them immediately before you eat; otherwise, the moisture will soften the fruits.

Another fruit that is best to leave unrefrigerated is melons, though this one is a little more specific.

Whole melons should be left out at room temperature

Delish writes that whole melons should be left out at room temperature in order to allow them to ripen. It's only once they're sliced that they should be stored at room temperature. Food Network comments on this as well, writing that research from the United States Department of Agriculture "found that storage at room temp might even help keep the antioxidants more intact."

CBS News reported more in-depth on the study done by the USDA, which found that lycopene and beta carotene (natural antioxidants with numerous health benefits) increased in watermelons that were left out at room temperature, whereas the levels of these nutrients did not change in the fruit that was refrigerated. Get more health and nutrition benefits from your melon by leaving it out for a little while on the counter to ripen, and then store it in the fridge for a few days (three to four) once you've sliced it.