Apples are best kept in the fruit drawer in your fridge. They will typically last a few weeks. At room temperature they ripen very quickly.
Ripe Asian pears are hard and do not soften (unlike traditional pears). They are ready to eat when purchased. Store pears for up to 1 week at room temperature or up to 2 months in the refrigerator.
Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries):
Refrigerate. Do not wash until ready to eat. Berries decay quickly and moisture speeds up that process.
You can store them in the refrigerator or freezer. To refrigerate- rinse, remove debris, dry on a clean towel and place in a sealed bag or airtight container. To freeze: Inspect and remove any that do not feel firm or have wrinkles. Remove stems and rinse and dry with paper towels. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Place cranberries on cookie sheet and freeze. Once frozen place in zipper sealed bag or airtight container.
Store your grapes in the refrigerator. To prevent moisture loss, grapes should be loosely wrapped in plastic. Never wash grapes before storing them. When you are ready to eat the grapes, hold them under cool running water to rinse them. Drain and dry. Grapes produce very little ethylene, but they are very sensitive to it. It is best to not store grapes with high ethylene producers like apples, kiwi, or pears.
Melons (Canary, Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Watermelon)
Store uncut melons at room temperature. Once cut, will last in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Peaches/Plums/Apricots/Nectarines/Pears (stone fruit):
Store on the counter at room temperature until they are the ripeness you like. If you want to quicken the process place inside a brown paper bag. When they are ready they will be soft and smell delicious. Once ripe you can put them in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Wash before eating.
For storage, first trim and discard the leaves. The freshly harvested stalks can be kept in the refrigerator, unwashed and wrapped tightly in plastic, for up to three weeks.