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Jan 2, 2011 05:10 PM

Saving local tangerines

We were just given a couple dozen local tangerines. A few were ripe and they were marvelous. Most are not quite ripe and we would like to save them to share with friends who will be visiting from about 8,000 miles away in two or three weeks. Are they best left to ripen at ambient temperature where they may start to dry out, or put in a relatively humid part of the fridge where they won't ripen much? What say the brains of the Chowcloud?

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  1. Citrus doesn't ripen any more once it's been picked. They do keep very well for a good while at room temp but if you want to keep them for 3 weeks they may be better stored in the fridge.

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    1. re: morwen

      Sad to learn that, but will put them in the fridge immediately. THANKS MUCH for your answer.

      1. re: morwen

        blech. citrus at room temperature sweeten. keep 'em cold if you want 'em sour.

        1. re: Chowrin

          Citrus are not climacteric fruit meaning they don't continue to convert starch into sugar once picked. They taste sweeter at room temperature because it's easier to sense the sweetness when the fruit isn't cold. The OP also asked about storage up to 3 weeks and while citrus will hold well at room temperature they may begin to dry out so refrigeration until the guests arrive may be warranted. Definitely they should be allowed to come to room temperature before serving.