To keep them for longer, the ideal would be to store them in the refrigerator. If it is not possible, keep it in a cool place. For example, it is not the same to store the fruit on the balcony of the house than inside a radiator.
How long do oranges last?
Under normal conditions, oranges can last an average of 15 to 30 days. The mandarins have a shelf life a little less than 10 to 20 days. These periods are indicative. If you can store it correctly, it will last long.
Storage conditions: The lower the temperature, the longer they will be preserved. Oranges can be stored at temperatures between:
- 0 and 1 of 8 and 12 weeks.
- 4th and 7th from 4 to 6 weeks.
Tangerines are more sensitive and it is recommended to store them between 5 and 9 º.
Not all varieties of citrus bear the cold the same. For example, the varieties of mandarin, Clemenvilla and Fortune are stained at low temperatures.
Harvest time: Each variety of citrus fruits is suitable for collection for about 2 months or so. But it is not the same, the fruit collected at the beginning of this period than when several weeks have passed since it begins to be picked.
Temperatures in the field: If the temperatures in the field the weeks before have been high, the fruit accelerates its metabolism and will last less time at home.
Climatology: Specifically, rainfall. When the days before the harvest it rains, the fruit absorbs more water and the citrus skin is wetter than usual. This causes the fruit to last much less at home and can cause rotting problems prematurely.
There are no two identical oranges: In the same way, some people live longer than others, some oranges live more than others. It is possible for an orange to deteriorate long before the rest of its cash mates.
How to store oranges?
Perhaps not everyone knows that oranges have a fairly long life. Depending on the types (some varieties, such as Valencia, can last even 3-4 months if stored in the cold), these citrus fruits adapt easily to the temperatures and humidity of our homes.
For the most natural preservation possible, the primary advice is to keep the oranges in a fruit basket and leave it on the terrace. Given the pure winter seasonality of the citrus, the cold and medium-humid air will benefit your oranges. In this way, they could remain at maximum maturity up to 25-30 days.
Alternatively, you can keep them indoors. The warmer and more closed atmosphere of the home walls, however, will inevitably reduce the life of the fruit. Another possibility is to put your oranges in the fridge, in the compartment dedicated to fruit and vegetables. In this way, you will artificially recreate the external winter environment.