How to Store Citrus Fruits


These tips will help keep your oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus fresh for weeks.

  1. Keep citrus fruits in the refrigerator, preferably in the produce drawer. They will keep for several weeks in the fridge, compared to a few days at room temperature.
  2. Never store citrus in an airtight container or plastic bag; they will go bad faster. (Mesh bags are fine, as they allow air to circulate.)
  3. Citrus juice and peels (zest) can be stored in the freezer for several months. Freeze lemon and lime juice in ice cube trays and keep the cubes in a plastic zip-top bag.