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For maximum nutritional value, is it necessary to keeps frutis such as pears, peaches, and apples refrigerated? Do these types of fruits lose nutritional value when they are stored at room temperature?

The recommended storage for pears, peaches and apples is to store ripe fruit in the refrigerator. The fruit deteriorates more quickly at room temperature, and that would include nutritional value as well. Click here to see tips on storing fruits and vegetables.

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